blossom

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English

Apple blossoms.

Etymology

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

Alternative forms

  • blasom (Jamaican English)

Pronunciation

Noun

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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Verb

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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