ray flower
noun Date: 1839 1. one of the marginal flowers of the head in a composite plant (as the aster) that also has disk flowers 2. the entire head in a plant (as chicory) that lacks disk flowers

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  • Ray flower — Ray Ray, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.] 1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ray flower — n. any of the flowers around the margin of the flower head of certain composite plants, as the daisy or aster: also ray floret …   English World dictionary

  • ray flower — noun small flower with a flat strap shaped corolla usually occupying the peripheral rings of a composite flower • Syn: ↑ray floret • Hypernyms: ↑flower, ↑bloom, ↑blossom • Part Holonyms: ↑flower head * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • ray flower — ray′ flow er n. bot one of the flattened marginal florets surrounding the disk in the flower heads of certain composite plants, as the daisy. Also called ray′ floret • Etymology: 1850–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • ray flower — Bot. one of the marginal florets surrounding the disk of tubular florets in the flower heads of certain composite plants, as the daisy. Also called ray floret. [1850 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • ray flower — /ˈreɪ flaʊə/ (say ray flowuh) noun one of the marginal florets surrounding the disc of the family Compositae. Also, ray floret …   Australian English dictionary

  • Ray — Ray, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.] 1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ray floret — Ray Ray, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.] 1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ray point — Ray Ray, n. [OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. {Radius}.] 1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ray — ray1 [rā] n. [OFr rai < L radius: see RADIUS] 1. a) any of the thin lines, or beams, of light that appear to come from a bright source b) a graphic representation of one of these, as in heraldry 2. a) any of several lines radiating …   English World dictionary

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