Etymology
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blossom (n.)

c. 1200, from Old English blostm, blostma "a flower of a plant," from Proto-Germanic *blo-s- (source also of Middle Low German blosom, Dutch bloesem, German Blust), from PIE *bhlow-, extended form of root *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom." This is the native word, now largely superseded by bloom (n.1) from Old Norse and flower (n.) from French.

blossom (v.)

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

updated on June 12, 2017

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Definitions of blossom from WordNet
1
blossom (v.)
produce or yield flowers;
Synonyms: bloom / flower
blossom (v.)
develop or come to a promising stage;
Youth blossomed into maturity
Synonyms: blossom out / blossom forth / unfold
2
blossom (n.)
reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts;
Synonyms: flower / bloom
blossom (n.)
the period of greatest prosperity or productivity;
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