Definition of flowering in English:



  • 1(of a plant) in bloom.

    ‘a window box of flowering geraniums’
    • ‘We're on a misty riverbank, with lush, flowering trees and towering storybook castles in the background.’
    • ‘Finishing the last window, she peered through it to watch the red gleam of the sun glance over the flowering trees.’
    • ‘Prune flowering trees in spring, after blooming, to correct unsightly problems.’
    • ‘However, unprotected plants were smaller and had fewer flowering heads.’
    • ‘The dawn service was always an occasion of soft dignity, with prayers and singing beneath the flowering trees.’
    • ‘A new leaf forms on the adaxial side of a pre-existing leaf and also on the abaxial side of a leaf on flowering shoots.’
    • ‘Males will defend feeding areas around flowering trees.’
    • ‘Dozens of unkempt flowering bushes sprawled everywhere, unattended for as long as I could remember.’
    • ‘Herbivorous reptiles the size of rhinos were hunted through forests of tree ferns and flowering trees by saber-toothed predators.’
    • ‘The results of analysis of variance in numbers of ovules and pollen grains with position along the flowering shoot are shown in Table 2.’
    • ‘The gardens are magnificent, overflowing with tropical blooms and huge flowering trees.’
    • ‘There are many varieties of flowering shrubs and trees and walking paths around the lake.’
    • ‘Flower buds develop in leaf nodes in the upper part of the flowering shoot.’
    • ‘Jim sat down under a flowering tree in a patch of tiny white blossoms and faced the shimmering waters of the river.’
    • ‘There are a great many flowering bushes such as the distinctively Australian banksias, and red-tailed skinks are often seen sunning themselves on the rocks.’
    • ‘Behind the house is a border like a theatre set, its foreground dashed with red, yellow and blue of flowering bushes against a backdrop of a hundred greens.’
    • ‘If one gets away from the avenues and visits the largest city park called Leisure Valley, it has an Arcadian beauty of clusters of flowering trees.’
    • ‘It was tracked down at last and turned out to be a female, who on the last morning paid a visit to the flowering bushes beneath the balcony.’
    • ‘The lawned front garden has a cobblelock driveway and a multitude of flowering shrubs.’
    • ‘For each plant, we recorded the number of vegetative and flowering shoots.’
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    1. 1.1Capable of producing flowers, especially in contrast to a similar plant with the flowers inconspicuous or absent.
      ‘flowering dogwood’
      • ‘We received a warm welcome, including a cup of refreshing drink made from a flowering herbal plant locally known as ‘Roselle’.’
      • ‘People have started investing too much of their creativity and cool in how textured their feature wall is, or how many kinds of flowering grass line their paved entertaining area.’
      • ‘A Christmas cactus is also a good idea and is a flowering cactus that generally blooms around Christmas time, although it can bloom at any time of year.’
      • ‘A few species were not collected because of their scarcity on the site or lack of flowering or fruiting individuals.’
      • ‘They see only the lovely little pool with the ferns and the flowering tree and the rainbows in the mist.’
      • ‘Remember that fruit trees are beautiful flowering trees as well.’
      • ‘That evening, I lay hidden in a stand of flowering bushes, watching the passersby.’
      • ‘This garden has a variety of flowering trees and plants.’
      • ‘The secret to making your flowering trees, shrubs, annuals, and perennials bloom more is in the numbers.’
      • ‘Many flowering trees are susceptible to fireblight, a bacterial disease that can be spread by pruning.’
      • ‘There is nothing more beautiful than a flowering shrub in full bloom, except maybe a flowering shrub in full bloom that has been trained to grow as a single stem tree.’
      • ‘An additional factor that could be incorporated into flowering models is plant variability.’
      • ‘By far the most damaging is the rhododendron, a flowering shrub introduced into gardens in the 18th century from southern Europe.’
      • ‘The flowering shrubs will be planted in areas where there is enough sunlight and in shady areas foliage will be planted.’
      • ‘She easily made the climb only to find herself in the loveliest meadow of flowering grass species she'd ever seen.’
      • ‘A curved, paved area links the lawn to a colourful flowering herb garden, one of only two on the island.’
      • ‘The 220 square metre property is five years old and is located in a secluded cul-de-sac dotted with mature flowering trees and shrubs.’
      • ‘Is it a garden for all seasons with the right balance of flowering perennials and deciduous plants with evergreens to give interest in winter?’
      • ‘I supplement them with annuals, biennials, vines, bulbs, and a few flowering shrubs.’
      • ‘Sea grasses are flowering underwater plants that need sunlight to survive and thus are found in relatively clear, shallow waters.’
    2. 1.2[in combination]Producing flowers at a specified time or of a specified type.
      ‘winter-flowering heathers’