flor·id (flôrĭd, flŏr-)
1. Flushed with rosy color; ruddy.
2. Very ornate; flowery: a florid prose style.
3. Archaic Healthy.
4. Obsolete Abounding in or covered with flowers.
[French floride, from Latin flōridus, from flōs, flōr-, flower; see bhel-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
flo·ridi·ty (flə-rĭdĭ-tē, flô-), florid·ness n.
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