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The folded arrangement of petals and sepals within an unexpanded flower.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin praefloratio (P. Bulliard Dictionnaire élémentaire botanique 122 (heading)) from classical Latin prae- + flōrat-, past participial stem of flōrāre to blossom + -iō; compare -ation. Compare French préfleuraison.
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