I'm looking for help to find out the meaning of a phrase I was told. Maybe someone could explain me what could "dolce fiore" mean? An Italian friend (and only a friend) of mine has said it to me, but yet the language is a bit difficult for me to understand every expression. He said that these kind of expressions are used when somebody "si vuole bene". So, was this something he meant in a very sweet friendly way or, unfortunately, something more than friendly?:( Thank You so much in advance.

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    It just means sweet flower. The exact meaning depends on context, but it is a positive expression. Whether it indicates fraternal love or romantic love is for you to decide.
    – Denis Nardin
    Commented May 24, 2017 at 11:06

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Literally the meaning is sweet flower, but it's the kind of thing you say to a lover. E.g. here.

I'd go with somewhat more than friendly, or maybe friend with hopes.

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    Another citation from the first verse of a popular song can be found here, wikitesti.com/far_lamore_con_te and this too suggests a more than friendly hope... Anyway this expression can certainly be used in a friendly and fraternal context and the exact meaning can be determined only by other signals.
    – CasaMich
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 15:07

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