flower [-s, -'s] n
ME < L. flōs, bloom; see bloom, n., blossom, n., blow, v<sup>2</sup>.
- Blossom; bloom.
- Spring; season of growth; time of renewal; [fig.] resurrection; restoration; hope of eternal life.
- Passing thing; transient entity; short-lived object; ephemeral creature.
- Pressed blossom; dried garden bloom included in correspondence.
- Bud; start; shoot; young plant that shows it petals by day and retracts them by night.
- Corsage; cut blossom; floral gift; [fig.] lyric poem.
- Feeling; emotion; affection.
- Pastoral beauty; natural splendor; [fig.] April; springtime.
- Bulb; perennial spring plant such as crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, etc.; [fig.] renewal; evidence of new life.
- Thought; meditation; reflection; [fig.] poem; poetry; lyric; sentimental verse.
- Colored portion of a plant consisting of stamens, pistils, corolla, and calyx; culminating beauty of a plant before going to fruit.
- Sustenance; aliment; source of pollen; desired destination; center of soft sweet-smelling nourishment; [fig.] lover; sweetheart.
- Kind of bloom; species of blossoming plant.
- Gentian; butterfly bush; species of plant that has fragrant purple blossoms.
- Floral tribute; [fig.] memorial; symbol of lasting devotion.
- Corol; corona; floral disk; circumference of a blossom's petals; [fig.] globe; ball; [metaphor] moon.
- Sweetheart; beloved; young woman in love.
- Incarnation; embodiment; [fig.] resurrection; redeemed body; gloried and perfected being.
- Beauty; lovely delicate fruitful living thing; [fig.] symbol of creation; sign of life, love, and goodness.
- Sunset; colors of the setting sun.
- Dandelion; daisy; [fig.] maid; gal; peasant girl; [metaphor] poet.
- Phrase. “Couch of flowers”: blossoming meadow; [kenning] field; garden.