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John Cowan

I don't think that AmE natively makes this distinction. m-w.com recognizes it, but AHD5 simply says 'flower or cluster of flowers', which agrees with my own usage. Still, it is a rather high-register word, and we may pick up the sense '(fruit) tree flower' from BrE literature.

Then there's (Margaret) Blossom Dearie, the jazz performer; amazingly, that was her real name. I saw her perform in New York once.

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