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blossom

Noun

1 reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts [syn: flower, bloom]
2 the period of greatest prosperity or productivity [syn: flower, prime, peak, heyday, bloom, efflorescence, flush]

Verb

1 produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed" [syn: bloom, flower]
2 develop or come to a promising stage; "Youth blossomed into maturity" [syn: blossom out, blossom forth, unfold]

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English

Etymology

Old English blōstm, blōstma, probably related to bloom. Cognate with Dutch bloesem.

Pronunciation

(RP)/ˈblɒsəm/
(GA)/ˈblɑsəm/

Noun

  1. A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers.
    The blossom has come early this year.
  2. The state or season of producing such flowers.
    The orchard is in blossom.
flowers on trees
state or season for such flowers

Verb

  1. To have or open into blossoms; to bloom.
  2. To begin to thrive or flourish.

Synonyms

Translations

have or open into blossoms
begin to thrive or flourish

Extensive Definition

Alternate meanings: See Blossom (disambiguation)
Blossom is a term given to the flowers of stone fruit trees (Genus Prunus) and of some other plants with a similar appearance that flower profusely but for a short period of time in spring. Blossoms are either pink or white depending on the species or variety. Nectarine blossoms, peach blossoms, most cherry blossoms, and some almond blossoms are usually pink. Plum blossoms, apple blossoms, some cherry blossoms, and most almond blossoms are white.
Blossom is to advertise pollen to bees and initiate cross-pollination necessary for the trees to reproduce by producing fruit.
Blossom trees have a tendency to lose their flower petals in wind blown cascades often covering the surrounding ground in petals. This attribute tends to distinguish blossom trees from other flowering trees.

External links

blossom in Simple English: Blossom

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