florette


noun

  1. a small flower.
  2. Botany. one of the closely clustered small flowers that make up the flower head of a composite flower, as the daisy.
  3. one of the tightly clustered divisions of a head of broccoli or cauliflower.
  4. Also flo·rette [flaw-ret, floh-] /flɔˈrɛt, floʊ-/. spun silk obtained from floss.
  5. Printing. flower(def 6).

noun

  1. a small flower, esp one of many making up the head of a composite flower
n.

c.1400, flourette, from Old French florete “little flower; cheap silk material,” diminutive of flor “flower,” from Latin flora (see flora). Botany sense is from 1670s.

  1. A small or reduced flower, especially one that is part of a larger inflorescence, such as those of the grasses and plants of the composite family.

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