Definition of anthesis in English:



mass nounBotany
  • The flowering period of a plant, from the opening of the flower bud.

    • ‘Anthers were isolated from flowers at anthesis and pollen grains were collected.’
    • ‘In the field the plants displayed many flowers at full anthesis.’
    • ‘In principal, the length of flower anthesis depends on pollination and removal of the pollinium.’
    • ‘In an individual flower, anthesis starts at the end of the day and by the time the bats start feeding, there is copious pollen.’
    • ‘On the day of anthesis, unopened flowers and flowers that had opened on previous days were removed from each branch.’


Mid 19th century from Greek anthēsis ‘flowering’, from anthein ‘to blossom’.