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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLOWER

My plan was to reduce each man's ration of flower from 7lbs.

The elms are in tenderest leaf, the hawthorn bursting into flower.

If God be not, then steam-engine and flower are in the same category.

No; the steam-engine is the better thing, for it has the soul of a man in it, and the flower has no soul at all.

She will like this flower, and she will like you to bring it to her.

In these moments, the strength of him, nourished by suffering, was putting forth its flower.

They are of the sort that only come to flower with perfect tendance.

She was small and slender, but no one had ever likened her to a flower.

A doze in the coach is the flower of dozes, when you are alone.

May this flower keep a sweet smell, long after I have bidden you good by.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old French flor "flower, blossom; heyday, prime; fine flour; elite; innocence, virginity" (Modern French fleur), from Latin florem (nominative flos) "flower" (source of Italian fiore, Spanish flor; see flora).

Modern spelling is 14c. Ousted Old English cognate blostm (see blossom (n.)). Also used from 13c. in sense of "finest part or product of anything" and from c.1300 in the sense of "virginity." Flower children "gentle hippies" is from 1967.

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