Flower etymology


English word flower comes from Latin flora, Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃-, and later Proto-Italic *flōs (Flower, blossom.)

Etymology of flower

Detailed word origin of flower

Dictionary entry Language Definition
flora Latin (lat)
*bʰleh₃- Proto-Indo-European (ine) blossom, flower   , flower, blossom
*flōs Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Flower, blossom.
flos Latin (lat) (figuratively) an ornament or embellishment. (figuratively) the best kind or part of something. (figuratively) the prime; best state of things. Flower, blossom.
flur Jèrriais (nrf)
flur Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (Anglo-Norman).
flur Anglo-Norman (xno)
flour Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
flower English (en) (intransitive) To come off as flowers by sublimation.. (intransitive) To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.. (intransitive) To put forth blooms.. (intransitive) To reach a state of full development or achievement. (botany) A reproductive structure in angiosperms (flowering plants), often conspicuously colourful and typically including sepals, petals, and either or both stamens and/or a [...]

Words with the same origin as flower

Descendants of flora


Descendants of *bʰleh₃-

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