one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.
Origin of petal
1695–1705; < New Latinpetalum petal, Latin: metal plate < Greekpétalon a thin plate, leaf, noun use of neuter of pétalos spread out, akin to petannýnai to be open, Latinpatēre to stand open (see patent)
Related formspet·al·age, nounpet·aled, pet·alled, adjectivepet·al·less, adjectivepet·al·like, adjectiveun·pet·aled, adjectiveun·pet·alled, adjectiveCan be confusedpedalpeddlepetal
1726 (earlier petala, 1704), from Modern Latin petalum "petal" (17c.), from Greek petalon "a leaf; leaf of metal, thin plate," noun use of neuter of adj. petalos "outspread, broad, flat," from PIE root *pete- "to spread out" (see pace (n.)). Related: Petaline.
One of the often brightly colored parts of a flower surrounding the reproductive organs. Petals are attached to the receptacle underneath the carpels and stamens and may be separate or joined at their bases. As a group, the petals are called the corolla. See more at flower.