• WordNet 3.6
    • v blossom develop or come to a promising stage "Youth blossomed into maturity"
    • v blossom produce or yield flowers "The cherry tree bloomed"
    • n blossom reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    • n blossom the period of greatest prosperity or productivity
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Fifth stanza, surrounded by apple blossoms Fifth stanza, surrounded by apple blossoms

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no blossoms on the branches of a fig tree, instead it is inside the fruit
    • Blossom A blooming period or stage of development; something lovely that gives rich promise. "In the blossom of my youth."
    • Blossom The color of a horse that has white hairs intermixed with sorrel and bay hairs; -- otherwise called peach color.
    • Blossom 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 . "Blossoms flaunting in the eye of day."
    • Blossom to appear or grow as if by blossoming; to spread out rapidly.
    • Blossom To flourish and prosper; to develop into a superior type. "Israel shall blossom and bud, and full the face of the world with fruit."
    • Blossom To put forth blossoms or flowers; to bloom; to blow; to flower. "The moving whisper of huge trees that branched
      And blossomed ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee trees produce highly aromatic, short-lived flowers producing a scent between jasmine and orange. These blossoms produce cranberry-sized coffee cherries. It takes four to five years to yield a commercial harvest.
    • n blossom The flower of a plant, usually more or less conspicuous from the colored leaflets which form it and which are generally of more delicate texture than the leaves of the plant. It is a general term, applicable to the essential organs of reproduction, with their appendages, of every species of tree or plant.
    • n blossom The state of flowering or bearing flowers; bloom: as, the apple-tree is in blossom.
    • n blossom Any person, thing, state, or condition likened to a blossom or to the bloom of a plant.
    • n blossom A color consisting of a white ground mingled evenly with sorrel and bay, occurring in the coats of some horses.
    • n blossom The outcrop of a coal-seam, usually consisting of decomposed shale mixed with coaly matter; also, sometimes, the appearance about the outcrop of any mineral lode in which oxidizable ores occur.
    • blossom To put forth blossoms or flowers; bloom; blow; flower: often used figuratively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: No species of wild plant produces a flower or blossom that is absolutely black, and so far, none has been developed artificially.
    • n Blossom blos′om a flower-bud, the flower that precedes fruit
    • v.i Blossom to put forth blossoms or flowers: to flourish and prosper
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  • Anais Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
  • James Shirley
    James Shirley
    “Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust.”
  • John Ruskin
    “To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.”
  • Alice Mackenzie Swaim
    Alice Mackenzie Swaim
    “Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”
  • Gerard De Nerval
    Gerard De Nerval
    “Every flower is a soul blossoming in Nature.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hopes are planted in friendship's garden where dreams blossom into priceless treasures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blosme, blostme, AS. blōsma, blōstma, 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


In literature:

He put Robin down on Mrs Blossom's seat, and lifted Meg into a large arm-chair he had just quitted.
"Little Meg's Children" by Hesba Stretton
The tea was served in cups with saucers decorated with plum blossoms, this being the time of plum blossoms.
"Letters from China and Japan" by John Dewey
I found my first blossom of the year by following the brook up to its headwaters in Billington Sea.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
July was nearly half gone when blossoms began to unclose on the vine and my lady took possession.
"Upon The Tree-Tops" by Olive Thorne Miller
The lavender blossom makes a great blue crown for its head.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
He's got the blossoms an' the thorns av a Frenchman.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Bessie was still "Blossom" to her grandfather, a Blossom that he admired and loved, but Blossom only.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
I spray just after the blossom falls, with Paris green, for the codling-moth.
"The Apple" by Various
It bears a yellow blossom similar in form to the tulip; hence its name.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Stan watched long enough to see their chutes blossom against the red glow of gunfire from below.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery

In poetry:

Oh! the crimson story,--
White and red
May-blossoms in glory
Too soon shed!
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
YOU smelt the Heaven-blossoms,
And all the sweet embosoms
The dear
Uranian year.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
And blossoms that sprang
From a healthful root,
Faded in grief,
And produced no fruit.
"The Dew-Drop: A Metrical Fantasy" by Samuel Lover
Blossom on the plum,
Wild wind and merry;
Leaves upon the cherry,
And one swallow come.
"March" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
Seed that promised blossom,
Withered in the mould,
Pale petals overblowing,
Failing from the gold!
"The Pity Of It " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Seed that promised blossom,
Withered in the mould!
Pale petals overblowing,
Failing from the gold!
"The Pity Of It " by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel

In news:

Your tomatoes have "blossom end rot".
Park City High grad and Ute music school alum Ryan Hiller has blossoming career in San Diego.
Project Daisy blossomed at the Detroit show into a modern Shelby Cobra, complete with the bulging fenders, twin stripes, monster power, and smiling Texan.
Christmas blossoms easy with paperwhite narcissus Rosemary Fitzpatrick The Kachemak Gardener.
Replace the lettuce on tuna fish and chicken salad sandwiches with fresh nasturtium blossoms and leaves.
New Britain High School is the proud winner of $50,000 in software and equipment from Texas Instruments, all thanks to one of its students and the Hollywood star who once played "Blossom" on NBC.
CHICO — What started as Far Northern Regional Center raising awareness about the lives of people with developmental disabilities has blossomed into a days-long multimedia event bringing to light lesser-known experiences of people worldwide.
Normally shy Maluenda blossoms on soccer field for Union.
This delicate whipped body cream is created with an invigorating combination of organic products to nourish the skin, including chardonnay grapeseed oil, citrus blossom essential oil, and organic shea butter.
The stunning beauty pharmacy is currently making its fans gaga for the Orange Blossom refreshing water.
Nobunari Oda punctuated his blossoming status with 81.80 points at Skate America on Thursday, the second-highest score for a short program at an International Skating Union event.
View full size Cole Cassell ac Brown, in stocking cap, leads his harmony-driven Zac Brown Band into Blossom Music Center on Saturday.
Blossom Music Center, 1145 W Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
Dania Maxwell/Staff With a recently obtained US citizenship status, Peruvian native Greta Burgos-Menacho, center, cast a vote for the first time at the Collier County Library on Orange Blossom Drive on Saturday, Oct 27, 2012.
There were even personal writing desks for passengers with orange-blossom scented stationery, she said.

In science:

The l.h.s. of this identity is nothing but the generating function for pairs made of a blossom tree with contour walk of depth 0 and a blossom tree with contour walk of depth i with 1 < i ≤ n + 1.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
As explained in Sect.5.3, the conservation properties have a strong “bijective flavor” in the language of blossom trees. A bijective explanation for the conservation would be very instructive and seems to be within reach in view if the relations (5.15) and (5.16).
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
If such a proof exists, it must involve only generic properties of blossom trees, or equivalently of planar graphs.
Integrability of graph combinatorics via random walks and heaps of dimers
This small positive bias can be sufficient to nucleate a process that eventually blossom into a full-fledged bubble.
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
Pioneered in , these techniques blossomed into STBC (space-time block codes) and, subsequently, onto space-time codes at large.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems