Found 2 items, similar to Flower head.
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Definition: flower head
n : a shortened compact cluster of flowers so arranged that the
whole gives the effect of a single flower as in clover or
members of the family Compositae
English → English
Definition: Flower head
(flou"[~e]r), n. [OE. flour, OF. flour, flur,
flor, F. fleur, fr. L. flos, floris. Cf. Blossom
1. In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the
showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and
texture from the foliage.
2. (Bot.) That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and
hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ
or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether
inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete
flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and
the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and
callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special
leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia.
, and Corolla
Note: If we examine a common flower, such for instance as a
geranium, we shall find that it consists of: First, an
outer envelope or calyx, sometimes tubular, sometimes
consisting of separate leaves called sepals; secondly,
an inner envelope or corolla, which is generally more
or less colored, and which, like the calyx, is
sometimes tubular, sometimes composed of separate
leaves called petals; thirdly, one or more stamens,
consisting of a stalk or filament and a head or anther,
in which the pollen is produced; and fourthly, a
pistil, which is situated in the center of the flower,
and consists generally of three principal parts; one or
more compartments at the base, each containing one or
more seeds; the stalk or style; and the stigma, which
in many familiar instances forms a small head, at the
top of the style or ovary, and to which the pollen must
find its way in order to fertilize the flower. --Sir J.
3. The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything; as,
the flower of an army, or of a family; the state or time
of freshness and bloom; as, the flower of life, that is,
The choice and flower of all things profitable the
Psalms do more briefly contain. --Hooker.
The flower of the chivalry of all Spain. --Southey.
A simple maiden in her flower
Is worth a hundred coats of arms. --Tennyson.
4. Grain pulverized; meal; flour. [Obs.]
The flowers of grains, mixed with water, will make a
sort of glue. --Arbuthnot.
5. pl. (Old Chem.) A substance in the form of a powder,
especially when condensed from sublimation; as, the
flowers of sulphur.
6. A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
7. pl. (Print.) Ornamental type used chiefly for borders
around pages, cards, etc. --W. Savage.
8. pl. Menstrual discharges. --Lev. xv. 24.
(Zo["o]l.) See under Animal
, flowers cut from the stalk, as for making a
, a plat in a garden for the cultivation of
(Zo["o]l.), any beetle which feeds upon
flowers, esp. any one of numerous small species of the
, family Nitidulid[ae]
, some of which
are injurious to crops.
(Zo["o]l.), an Australian bird of the genus
, allied to the honey eaters.
, an unopened flower.
, an assemblage of flowers which open and close
at different hours of the day, thus indicating the time.
(Bot.), a compound flower in which all the
florets are sessile on their receptacle, as in the case of
(Zo["o]l.), one of a family (Dic[ae]id[ae]
of small Indian and Australian birds. They resemble
humming birds in habits.
(a) A table ornament made of cut flowers.
(b) (Fine Arts) A picture of flowers.
(Bot.), the peduncle of a plant, or the stem
that supports the flower or fructification.