Bloom vs Florid - What's the difference?

bloom | florid |

As a noun bloom

is .

As an adjective florid is

having a rosy or pale red colour; ruddy.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) blome, from (etyl) ). More at .


(en noun)
  • A blossom; the flower of a plant; an expanded bud.
  • * Prescott
  • the rich blooms of the tropics
  • Flowers, collectively.
  • (uncountable) The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open.
  • The cherry trees are in bloom .
  • * Milton
  • sight of vernal bloom
  • A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms.
  • the bloom of youth
  • * Hawthorne
  • Every successive mother has transmitted a fainter bloom , a more delicate and briefer beauty.
  • The delicate, powdery coating upon certain growing or newly-gathered fruits or leaves, as on grapes, plums, etc.
  • Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness.
  • * Thackeray
  • a new, fresh, brilliant world, with all the bloom upon it
  • The clouded appearance which varnish sometimes takes upon the surface of a picture.
  • A yellowish deposit or powdery coating which appears on well-tanned leather.
  • (Knight)
  • (mineralogy) A popular term for a bright-hued variety of some minerals.
  • the rose-red cobalt bloom
  • A white area of cocoa butter that forms on the surface of chocolate when warmed and cooled.
  • Synonyms
    * (flower of a plant ): blossom, flower * (opening of flowers ): blossom, flower * (anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness ): flush, glow
    Derived terms
    * bloom is off the rose * bloomy * in bloom

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To cause to blossom; to make flourish.
  • * Hooker
  • Charitable affection bloomed them.
  • To bestow a bloom upon; to make blooming or radiant.
  • (Milton)
  • * Keats
  • While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day.
  • Of a plant, to produce blooms; to open its blooms.
  • * Milton
  • A flower which once / In Paradise, fast by the tree of life, / Began to bloom .
  • (figuratively) Of a person, business, etc, to flourish; to be in a state of healthful, growing youth and vigour; to show beauty and freshness.
  • * Logan
  • A better country blooms to view, / Beneath a brighter sky.
    * (produce blooms) blossom, flower * (flourish) blossom, flourish, thrive
    Derived terms
    * bloomer * late bloomer

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • The spongy mass of metal formed in a furnace by the smelting process.
  • * 1957 , H.R. Schubert, History of the British Iron and Steel Industry , p. 26:
  • These metallic bodies gradually increasing in volume finally conglomerate into a larger mass, the bloom , which is extracted from the furnace with tongs.




  • Having a rosy or pale red colour; ruddy.
  • Elaborately ornate; flowery.
  • In a blatant, vivid, or highly disorganized state.
  • Florid psychosis.