blossom

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English[edit]

Apple blossoms.

Etymology[edit]

Middle English blosme, from Old English blōstm, blōstma, from Proto-Germanic *blōstama (compare West Frisian blossem, Dutch bloesem), enlargement of *blōstaz (compare German Blust), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃-s- ‘bloom, flower’ (compare Latin flōs ‘flower’, Flōra ‘goddess of plants’, Albanian bleron (to blossom, thrive) ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ‘to thrive, bloom’. More at blow.

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blossom (plural blossoms)

  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.
  3. (figuratively) A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise.
    • Massinger
      in the blossom of my youth
  4. The colour of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs.

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blossom (third-person singular simple present blossoms, present participle blossoming, simple past and past participle blossomed)

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

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