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Blossom

In botany, blossoms are the flowers of stone fruit trees (genus Prunus) and of some other plants with a similar appearance that flower profusely for a period of time in spring.

Colloquially flowers of orange are referred to as such as well. Peach blossoms (including nectarine), most cherry blossoms, and some almond blossoms are usually pink. Plum blossoms, apple blossoms, orange blossoms, some cherry blossoms, and most almond blossoms are white.

Blossoms provide pollen to pollinators such as bees, and initiate cross-pollination necessary for the trees to reproduce by producing fruit.

Blossom trees have a tendency to lose their flower petals in wind-blown cascades, often covering the surrounding ground in petals. This attribute tends to distinguish blossom trees from other flowering trees.

Blossom (disambiguation)

A blossom is the flower of stone fruit trees and some other small plants.

Blossom may also refer to:

Blossom (TV series)

Blossom was an American sitcom broadcast for five seasons on NBC. It debuted as a pilot preview on July 5, 1990, and premiered as a mid-season replacement on January 3, 1991, and aired until May 22, 1995. Don Reo created the series, which starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and two older brothers. It was produced by Reo's Impact Zone Productions and Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Touchstone Television.

Blossom (functional)

In numerical analysis, a blossom is a functional that can be applied to any polynomial, but is mostly used for Bézier and spline curves and surfaces.

The blossom of a polynomial ƒ, often denoted B[f],  is completely characterised by the three properties:

  • It is a symmetric function of its arguments:
$\mathcal{B}[f](u_1,\dots,u_d) = \mathcal{B}[f]\big(\pi(u_1,\dots,u_d)\big),\,$ (where π is any permutation of its arguments).
  • It is affine in each of its arguments:
B[f](αu + βv, …) = αB[f](u, …) + βB[f](v, …), when α + β = 1. 
  • It satisfies the diagonal property:
B[f](u, …, u) = f(u). 
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

blossom

I.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
full
▪ This type of loving commitment can bring a marriage through the rough times and into full blossom again.
▪ A weekend in May and the fields full of blossom and the twins a little short of their third birthday.
▪ He looks out of his window and sees amidst his winter garden one tree in full blossom.
▪ Occasional cairns led us to a challenging rocky descent into another forest, full of rhododendron blossom, pine scents and birdsong.
■ NOUN
apple
▪ The scent of apple blossom was plain enough.
▪ In the spring, the rolling hills around Yakima Valley turn snow white with cherry and apple blossoms.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
come into leaf/flower/blossom
▪ In the garden of the little farm, fruit trees are coming into flower, and others are beginning to leaf.
▪ The cherry tree was coming into blossom, encouraged by the unseasonably warm sunshine.
▪ When planted through beds of hybrid tea or floribunda rosea they add interest before the roses come into flower.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ orange blossom
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Here we chose a cherry with pale pink spring blossom, a welcome sight early in the year.
▪ It was springtime and the slopes were ablaze with almond blossom, the vivid green terraces edged with blue irises.
▪ Lincoln squatted beside a hibiscus with three blossoms.
▪ Occasionally there were small, isolated villages, looking like white blossom carelessly tossed on the vast landscape.
▪ Shivers like blossoms fell upon her incorporeal form, silver rain and bright bubbles of light.
▪ The blossoms also signify the feminine characteristics of softness, mildness and peacefulness.
▪ The President, who drinks very little alcohol, sipped his favorite cocktail, a weak orange blossom.
II.verb
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Pete has really blossomed in his new school.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But in blossoming, Jessie unknowingly tears open a decades-old secret that could cost her her life.
▪ Chomsky places faith in special neural mechanisms blossoming in the brain.
▪ He is growing, blossoming, learning about this leadership role and still has lessons to absorb.
▪ Like a flower he blossoms and then withers; like a shadow he flees and never stays.
▪ The doubts maturing in Coleridge's own mind concerning events that summer blossomed alarmingly at the end of September.
▪ Trees and bushes have blossomed with new life at the dawn of a new season.
▪ Without stage drama, her eccentricity blossomed, and drew Jack and Rob into it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blossom

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.

Blossom

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; to develop into a superior type.

    Israel shall blossom and bud, and full the face of the world with fruit.
    --Isa. xxvii. 6.

  3. to appear or grow as if by blossoming; to spread out rapidly.

Wiktionary

blossom

alt. 1 A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers. 2 The state or season of producing such flowers. 3 (context figurative English) A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise. 4 The colour of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs. n. 1 A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers. 2 The state or season of producing such flowers. 3 (context figurative English) A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise. 4 The colour of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To have or open into blossoms; to bloom. 2 (context intransitive English) To begin to thrive or flourish.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

blossom

c.1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "blossom, flower, fruit," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (cognates: Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom" (see folio). This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom (n.1) and flower (n.).

blossom

late 14c., from Old English blostmian, from blostma "blossom, flower" (see blossom (n.)). Figurative use from late 14c. Related: Blossomed; blossoming.

WordNet

blossom

  1. v. 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]

blossom

  1. n. 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]

Gazetteer

Blossom, TX -- U.S. city in Texas

Population (2000): 1439
Housing Units (2000): 606
Land area (2000): 2.510310 sq. miles (6.501674 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.042343 sq. miles (0.109667 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.552653 sq. miles (6.611341 sq. km)
FIPS code: 08812
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 33.661395 N, 95.383675 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 75416
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Headwords:
Blossom, TX
Blossom

Usage examples of "blossom".

Handsome foliage and blossoms, showing much of anthers, growing on the banks of the Itchen canal.

The patio, idealized by anisette, floated at the bottom of an aquarium, and the cages covered with cloths looked like ghosts sleeping under the hot scent of new orange blossoms.

Trailing shoots of the bougainvillea swayed in the night breeze, and a branch of Banksia roses struck him, the clusters of blossom making a scented rain upon his face.

The top of the shaft was battlemented, and she caught splashes of color between the teeth of the stone scarps, as if flowers were massed there and spilling blossoms against the whiteness of the tower.

The flowers of this Bedstraw bloom towards August, about the time of the Feast of the Annunciation, and a legend says they first burst into blossom at the birth of our Saviour.

She waited, still in concealment, until bright lights blossomed around the trailing edges of the fins, pulsing in a danger array.

And as he stared at it, he imagined that he himself was such an alembic, simmering away inside just like this one, out of which there likewise gushed a distillate, but a better, a newer, an unfamiliar distillate of those exquisite plants that he tended within him, that blossomed there, their bouquet unknown to anyone but himself, and that with their unique scent he could turn the world into a fragrant Garden of Eden, where life would be relatively bearable for him, olfactorily speaking.

Hyacinth, bending fondly over the little ones that blossomed by her side.

His words came out in a bubble of the liquid, and only when more pain blossomed on his body did he learn she had heard him.

Australian walking sticks feed on a rare Borneo orchid that has blossomed this day.

As the Year of Dryjhna approached, such symbols blossomed in chaotic profusion, every wall in every city a scroll of secret code.

Some waxed bright and energetic, while others blossomed faintly in fitful rhythm.

Scoring his palm, he let his blood fall in scarlet drops, and anemones blossomed where it fell.

My blood leapt in answer and my cheek blossomed with heat where she touched me.

Pain, unexpected, blossomed in me like an old acquaintance come to visit, the scent of crushed ferns filling my nose.