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blossom


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blossom  \Blos"som\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Blossomed};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Blossoming}.]  [AS.  bl?stmian.  See  {Blossom},  n.] 
  1.  To  put  forth  blossoms  or  flowers;  to  bloom;  to  blow;  to 
  flower. 
 
  The  moving  whisper  of  huge  trees  that  branched  And 
  blossomed.  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  To  flourish  and  prosper. 
 
  Israel  shall  blossom  and  bud,  and  full  the  face  of 
  the  world  with  fruit.  --Isa.  xxvii. 
  6. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Blossom  \Blos"som\  (bl[o^]s"s[u^]m),  n.  [OE.  blosme,  blostme 
  AS  bl[=o]sma,  bl[=o]stma,  blossom;  akin  to  D.  bloesem  L. 
  fios,  and  E.  flower;  from  the  root  of  E.  blow  to  blossom.  See 
  {Blow}  to  blossom,  and  cf  {Bloom}  a  blossom.] 
  1.  The  flower  of  a  plant,  or  the  essential  organs  of 
  reproduction,  with  their  appendages;  florescence;  bloom; 
  the  flowers  of  a  plant,  collectively;  as  the  blossoms  and 
  fruit  of  a  tree;  an  apple  tree  in  blossom. 
 
  Note:  The  term  has  been  applied  by  some  botanists,  and  is 
  also  applied  in  common  usage,  to  the  corolla.  It  is 
  more  commonly  used  than  flower  or  bloom,  when  we  have 
  reference  to  the  fruit  which  is  to  succeed.  Thus  we  use 
  flowers  when  we  speak  of  plants  cultivated  for 
  ornament,  and  bloom  in  a  more  general  sense  as  of 
  flowers  in  general,  or  in  reference  to  the  beauty  of 
  flowers. 
 
  Blossoms  flaunting  in  the  eye  of  day 
  --Longfellow. 
 
  2.  A  blooming  period  or  stage  of  development;  something 
  lovely  that  gives  rich  promise. 
 
  In  the  blossom  of  my  youth.  --Massinger. 
 
  3.  The  color  of  a  horse  that  has  white  hairs  intermixed  with 
  sorrel  and  bay  hairs;  --  otherwise  called  peach  color. 
 
  {In  blossom},  having  the  blossoms  open  in  bloom. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  blossom 
  n  1:  reproductive  organ  of  angiosperm  plants  especially  one 
  having  showy  or  colorful  parts  [syn:  {flower},  {bloom}] 
  2:  the  period  of  greatest  prosperity  or  productivity  [syn:  {flower}, 
  {prime},  {peak},  {heyday},  {bloom},  {efflorescence},  {flush}] 
  v  1:  produce  or  yield  flowers;  "The  cherry  tree  bloomed"  [syn:  {bloom}, 
  {flower}] 
  2:  develop  or  come  to  a  promising  stage;  "Youth  blossomed  into 
  maturity"  [syn:  {blossom  out},  {blossom  forth},  {unfold}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Blossom,  TX  (city,  FIPS  8812) 
  Location:  33.66199  N,  95.38223  W 
  Population  (1990):  1440  (568  housing  units) 
  Area:  6.1  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  75416 




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