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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Butterwood has the richest woodland flora in Hampshire, together with a wide variety of insects, including 25 species of butterfly.
▪ There are several footpaths around the village, which during the summer months provide a rich variety of flora and fauna.
▪ Its varied character, bird life and rich ground flora, including wild daffodils, make it an enchanting place.
▪ the flora of the Alps
▪ Both the frequency of detection and the numbers of E coli in the mucosa-associated flora increased during treatment and with clinical improvement.
▪ Butterwood has the richest woodland flora in Hampshire, together with a wide variety of insects, including 25 species of butterfly.
▪ Gastric acid is the primary barrier against orally ingested enteric pathogens, and a major regulator of small bowel flora.
▪ In the ocean, the escaped organisms would be less likely to disrupt the native flora and fauna.
▪ Such studies depend critically upon a knowledge of the total baseline flora in particular environments.
▪ The result is a digitized display of flora, fauna and visual effects.
▪ The verderers also have powers for the preservation of the natural beauty and the flora and fauna of the forest.
▪ Translated into reality, it means a self-contained sewage treatment garden plant and a haven for Britain's natural flora.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Flora \Flo"ra\, n. [L., the goddess of flowers, from flos, floris, flower. See Flower.]

  1. (Rom. Myth.) The goddess of flowers and spring.

  2. (Bot.) The complete system of vegetable species growing without cultivation in a given locality, region, or period; a list or description of, or treatise on, such plants.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, "Roman goddess of flowers;" 1777, "the plant life of a region or epoch," from Latin Flora, "goddess of flowers," from flos (accusative florem, genitive floris) "flower," from *flo-s-, Italic suffixed form of PIE *bhle- "to blossom, flourish" (cognates: Middle Irish blath, Welsh blawd "blossom, flower," Old English blowan "to flower, bloom"), extended form of *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom," which is possibly identical with or derived from *bhel- (2) "to blow, swell" (see bole).\n

\nHer festival, the Floralia, was April 28 to May 2 and featured "comic theatrical representations" and "excessive drinking" [Century Dictionary]. The French Revolutionary calendar had a month Floréal (April 20-May 20). Used as the title of systematically descriptive plant catalogues since 1640s, but popularized by Linnaeus in his landmark 1745 study of Swedish plants, "Flora Suecica."


n. 1 plants considered as a group, especially those of a particular country, region, time, etc. 2 a book describing the plants of a country etc. 3 The microorganisms that inhabit some part of the body, such as ''intestinal flora''

  1. n. all the plant life in a particular region [syn: vegetation] [ant: fauna]

  2. a living organism lacking the power of locomotion [syn: plant, plant life]

  3. [also: florae (pl)]

Flora, IL -- U.S. city in Illinois
Population (2000): 5086
Housing Units (2000): 2352
Land area (2000): 4.437148 sq. miles (11.492159 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000241 sq. miles (0.000623 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.437389 sq. miles (11.492782 sq. km)
FIPS code: 26454
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 38.669813 N, 88.484105 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62839
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Flora, IL
Flora, IN -- U.S. town in Indiana
Population (2000): 2227
Housing Units (2000): 959
Land area (2000): 1.032246 sq. miles (2.673506 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.032246 sq. miles (2.673506 sq. km)
FIPS code: 23692
Located within: Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
Location: 40.545819 N, 86.523367 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 46929
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Flora, IN
Flora, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi
Population (2000): 1546
Housing Units (2000): 606
Land area (2000): 3.403633 sq. miles (8.815368 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 3.403633 sq. miles (8.815368 sq. km)
FIPS code: 24940
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 32.543056 N, 90.311843 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 39071
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Flora, MS

Flora is the plant life occurring in a particular region or time, generally the naturally occurring or indigenous— native plant life. The corresponding term for animal life is fauna. Flora, fauna and other forms of life such as fungi are collectively referred to as biota. Sometimes bacteria and fungi are also referred to as flora, as in the terms gut flora or skin flora.

Flora (deity)

In Roman mythology, Flora was a Sabine-derived goddess of flowers and of the season of spring – a symbol for nature and flowers (especially the may-flower). While she was otherwise a relatively minor figure in Roman mythology, being one among several fertility goddesses, her association with the spring gave her particular importance at the coming of springtime, as did her role as goddess of youth.

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Flora (microbiology)

In microbiology, flora ( plural: floras or floræ) refers to the collective bacteria and other microorganisms in an ecosystem (e.g., some part of the body of an animal host).

While the term microflora is common, it is technically a misnomer since flora pertains to the kingdom Plantae. Some textbooks now use the term microbiota. Microorganisms with animal-like characteristics are classed as microfauna.

Flora (disambiguation)

Flora is plant life collectively, as distinct from animal life (fauna).

__NOTOC__ Flora may also refer to:

  • Flora (publication), a printed or digital work that describes the plant species occurring in a particular area or region
  • Flora (bust), a bust attributed to Leonardo da Vinci
  • Flora (margarine), the name in the UK and Ireland for the Becel brand of margarine
  • Flora or microbiota, the collective bacteria and other microorganisms in an animal host
  • Flora (mythology), a goddess in Roman mythology
  • FC Flora Tallinn, a football team in Estonia
  • Flora (Titian), a painting by Titian
  • Flora (grape), a California wine grape
  • Hurricane Flora, one of the deadliest hurricanes on record
  • La Flora, a 1628 opera by Marco da Fagliano
  • FLORA, an Arduino compatible wearable electronic platform designed by Limor Fried
Flora (publication)

A Flora is a book or other work which describes the plant species occurring in an area or time period, often with the aim of allowing identification. The term is usually capitalized to distinguish it from the use of " flora" to mean the plants rather than their descriptions. Some classic and modern Floras are listed below.

Traditionally Floras are books, but some are now published on CD-ROM or websites. The area that a Flora covers can be either geographically or politically defined. Floras usually require some specialist botanical knowledge to use with any effectiveness.

A Flora often contains diagnostic keys. Often these are dichotomous keys, which require the user to repeatedly examine a plant, and decide which one of two alternatives given in the Flora best applies to the plant.

Floras produced at a local or regional level rarely contain identification keys. Instead they aim to impart more detailed understanding of the local status and distribution of that area's plants. Maps showing species distribution may be included, and nowadays are computer-generated from biological databases. Specific reference may be made to new arrivals and historic records in order to impart understanding of the changes in an area's vegetation over time.

Flora (Prague Metro)

Flora is a Prague Metro station on Line A. It is located under the shopping mall Palác Flóra, on the border of the Vinohrady and Žižkov districts near the Olšany Cemetery. It was opened in 1980.

Flora (margarine)

Flora is a brand of margarine, sold in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Spain, Poland, Hungary, Portugal, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, New Zealand and Australia. It is produced by Unilever and sold in other parts of the world under the brand name of Becel. Unilever came up with the brand after being asked by medical professionals to come up with a healthier alternative to margarine, lard and hard butters.

Flora (grape)

Flora is the name of two unrelated varieties of grape, one white and one red, both of United States origin.

Flora (given name)

Flora is a feminine given name. Notable people with the name include:

  • Flora Brovina (born 1949), Kosovar poet and pediatrician
  • Flora Carabella (1926–1999), Italian actress
  • Flora Chan (born 1970), Hong Kong actress
  • Flora Coquerel (born 1994), French model
  • Flora D. Darpino (born 1961), American judge advocate general
  • Flora Eldershaw (1897–1956), Australian writer
  • Flora Karimova (born 1941), Azerbaijani singer
  • Flora MacDonald (1722–1790), Scottish Jacobite
  • Flora MacDonald (1926–2015), Canadian politician
  • Flora Martínez (born 1977), Colombian actress
  • Flora Martirosian (1957–2012), Armenian singer
  • Flora Montgomery (born 1974), British actress
  • Flora Murray (1869–1923), British doctor and suffragette
  • Flora Nwapa (1931–1993), Nigerian author
  • Flora Purim (born 1942), Brazilian singer
  • Flora Robson (1902–1984), British actress
  • Flora Annie Steel (1847–1929), British writer
  • Flora Stevenson (1839–1905), British educational reformer
  • Flora Thompson (1876–1947), British writer
  • Flora Tristan (1803–1844), French writer and feminist
  • Flora Twort (1893–1985), British painter
Flora (surname)

Flora is a surname. It may refer to :

  • Dom Flora, American college basketball player
  • Don Flora, American volleyball coach
  • Jim Flora, American illustrator
  • Jerry Flora, American college football coach
  • Snowden D. Flora, American meteorologist, climatologist and tornado researcher
Flora (Titian)

Flora is an oil painting by Italian late Renaissance painter Titian, dated to around 1515 and now held at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Flora (Rembrandt, Hermitage)

Flora or Saskia as Flora is a 1634 painting by Rembrandt, showing his wife Saskia van Uylenburgh as the goddess Flora. It is now in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

This painting was documented by Hofstede de Groot in 1915, who wrote; "206. FLORA. Bode 336 ; Dut. 267 ; Wb. 412 ; B.-HdG. 189. She stands, in profile to the left. She turns her face, which has Saskia's features, with a slight inclination towards the spectator. In her right hand she holds a staff entwined with flowers diagonally before her ; she lifts up her long mantle in front with her left hand. Her hair, adorned with a large garland of flowers, falls in long curls down her back. In her ear is a pearl. She wears a dress of gay pattern with loose sleeves, a scarf crossed on her bosom, and a light blue mantle falling from her shoulders. The light, which is evenly distributed, falls from the left. Thick bushes form a dark background. Life size, three-quarter length. Wrongly called until now "The Jewish Bride." Signed on the left below the right hand, "Rembrandt f. 1634"; canvas, 50 inches by 40 inches. Etched by N. Mossoloff in Les Rembrandts de l'Ermitage ; and in the Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst, viii. Mentioned by Vosmaer, pp. 504, etc. ; by Bode, pp. 424, 60 1 ; by Dutuit, p. 37 ; by Michel, pp. 175, 567 [134, 441]. Sale. Herman Aarentz, Amsterdam, April II, 1770 (2600 florins, bought in) ; according to Van Eynden and Van der Willigen, iii. 384. Acquired by Catherine II., Empress of Russia, for the Hermitage. In the Hermitage Palace, Petrograd, 1901 catalogue, No. 812."

Usage examples of "flora".

Flora Abernethy lived in a basement flat on a rundown street near the center of Edinburgh.

I took it with me when I called on Flora Abernethy at her flat the following day.

However, I am convinced that as we move back through geophysical time so we re-enter the amnionic corridor and move back through spinal and archaeopsychic time, recollecting in our unconscious minds the landscapes of each epoch, each with a distinct geological terrain, its own unique flora and fauna, as recognisable to anyone else as they would be to a traveller in a Wellsian time machine.

This was the Silent Quarter, which Yama had rarely visitedhe and Telmon preferred the ancient tombs of the foothills beyond the Breas, where aspects could be wakened and the flora and fauna was richer.

This was the Silent Quarter, which Yama had rarely visited-he and Telmon preferred the ancient tombs of the foothills beyond the Breas, where aspects could be wakened and the flora and fauna was richer.

Jimmy felt Flora needed to know the whole truth, but decided against mentioning Coes real identity to Bram, Lorrie and the others.

Chipewyan and Dogrib Indians, the flora and fauna of the country through which he travelled, and his willingness to adapt to native ways, which set the pattern of Arctic survival for generations.

Thus it is not surprising that Mabel and Kathleen, conscientiously conducting one of the dullest dolls tea-parties at which either had ever assisted, should suddenly, and both at once, have felt a strange, unreasonable, but quite irresistible desire to return instantly to the Temple of Flora even at the cost of leaving the dolls tea-service in an unwashed state, and only half the raisins eaten.

Padre Sigismundi also wrote a herbal in Guarani, and a Portuguese Jesuit, Vasconellos, has left a curious book upon the flora of Brazil.

After the Triassic Red Sandstone period, which is characterized by its scanty plant growth, a new beginning is made: the flora of the Mesophytic Era.

Although the remnants of this group survive today in specialized habitats, these Mesozoic flora are poorly known.

Both give a good account of the customs and regimen of the missions, but both seem to have believed too readily fabulous accounts of the flora and fauna of Paraguay.

One of them suggests that Henry went west for some time to live among the Mohegan and other tribes, exploring great distances, making drawings, and collecting samples of flora and fauna.

He has displayed the same skill in water-colour in that astonishing iconography, in which he has detailed, with marvellous accuracy, all the peculiarities of the mycological flora of the olive-growing districts.

At this moment there opened before us a large grotto dug in a picturesque heap of rocks and carpeted with all the thick warp of the submarine flora.