ray flower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ray flower small flower with a flat strap-shaped corolla usually occupying the peripheral rings of a composite flower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ray flower (Bot) one of the marginal flowers of the capitulum in such composite plants as the aster, goldenrod, daisy, and sunflower. They have an elongated, strap-shaped corolla, while the corollas of the disk flowers are tubular and five-lobed.
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.”

Usage

In literature:

Nada sat herself so that this ray struck full on her, for she loved light, and without it she would pine as flowers do.
"Nada the Lily" by H. Rider Haggard
She was a light flower that only lived on rays.
"Summer on the Lakes, in 1843" by S.M. Fuller
Rays (or flower petals) rising from foot most characteristic (III, Figs.
"How to Observe in Archaeology" by Various
The number of ray flowers is often very large.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 484, April 11, 1885" by Various
Its form is like the form of a charming and beautifully colored flower, shining in the rays of the sun.
"The Gist of Swedenborg" by Emanuel Swedenborg
A single ray shone through the trees, evoking a picture of the lights, the flowers, the faces grouped about that fatal room.
"The Triumph Of Night" by Edith Wharton
As well expect the flower to flourish without the rays of the sun.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
These more beneficent rays soon caused the earth to renew its green mantle, and to bring forth flowers and fruit in abundance.
"Myths of the Norsemen" by H. A. Guerber
The stamen in a flower, and growth, and a ray of sunlight are all one at bottom!
"Every Girl's Book" by George F. Butler
A walking jasmine flower, a singing ray of sunshine, Khalid calls him.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
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In poetry:

I saw her as ’twas yesterday,
The bloom upon her cheek still glowing;
And round her play’d a golden ray,
And on her brows were gay flowers blowing.
"‘And ask ye why these sad tears stream?’" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
And from the region wide came all the youth
To see the wonder; they divined the truth:
Here lay their country's future might;
A ray of light
From God that flower!—
"Lector Thaasen" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The dew was gone,
The morn was bright, the skies were fair,
The flowers smiled neath the sunbeams ray,
Tall cedars grew in beauty there.
As Adoniram took his way,
To Lebanon.
"Adoniram." by Harriet Annie Wilkins
'Tis not for the golden ray,
Or the flowers that strew thy way,
O immortal One! thou art
Here to-day, gentle May—
'Tis to man's ungrateful heart
That thy fairy footsteps stray.
"Welcome, May" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
He walked Burnswark hill around,
Until his harmless flock he found,
The flowers from off the pasture ground,
Will fade away;
Until the pleasant spring come round,
With milder ray.
"The Death Of Thomas Stoddart" by Susannah Hawkins
'Ardent I spake! and frae the day
Ye hail'd me smiling; youthfu' gay
On Aichil's whim-flower'd fragrant brae
I strave to cheer ye!
Frae morn's first dawn to e'en's last ray
I ay was near ye.
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Council President Jay Lambert (right) presents Flowers to Amelia Camara , flanked by nephews Ray Camara (her right) and Robert Camara (her left).
Ray Lawrence's "Lantana" takes its name from an Australian plant whose delicate exterior leaves and flowers conceal a dense thicket of sharp branches.
Flowers are blooming and the sun's rays are streaming through your windows -- making clear by the streaks on the glass and dust in the air just how dirty the house really is.
Council President Jay Lambert (right) presents Flowers to Amelia Camara, flanked by nephews Ray Camara (her right) and Robert Camara (her left).
Trumpet flowers growing on West 82nd Street in an overgrown lot behind Ray's Pizza.
Ray Bethell performs a kite ballet to Flower Duet from Lakme by Delibes.
Trumpet flowers growing on West 82nd Street in an overgrown lot behind Ray's Pizza.
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In science:

Traditional application for photoionization models was HII regions and planetary nebulae (Flower, 1968, 1983), but it is now apparent that photoionization is dominant in many X-ray sources as well, such as active galaxies (e. g., Figures 1 and 4).
Atomic Data for X-ray Astrophysics
The magnitude and shape of this gradient is sensitive to the elemental abundances, especially sulfur, to the cosmic ray ionization rate, and to the efficiency of recombination reactions and electron attachment processes with PAHs and grains (Flower et al. 2007; Wakelam & Herbst 2008; Goicoechea et al. 2009).
The Horsehead nebula, a template source for interstellar physics and chemistry
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