1. A flower or cluster of flowers.
2. The condition or time of flowering: peach trees in blossom.
3. A condition or period of maximum development. See Synonyms at bloom1.
intr.v. blos·somed, blos·som·ing, blos·soms
1. To come into flower; bloom.
2. To develop; flourish: The child blossomed into a beauty.
[Middle English, from Old English blōstm; see bhel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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