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petal

[pet-l]
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noun
  1. one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.

Origin of petal

1695–1705; < New Latin petalum petal, Latin: metal plate < Greek pétalon a thin plate, leaf, noun use of neuter of pétalos spread out, akin to petannýnai to be open, Latin patēre 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, adjective
Can be confusedpedal peddle petal
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Examples from the Web for petaled

Historical Examples

  • The flashing, petaled heart was woven of living rainbows of cold flame.

    The Metal Monster

    A. Merritt

  • The Disan took a hook-shaped object from his waist and thrust it into the petaled orifice.

    Planet of the Damned

    Harry Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for petaled

petal

noun
  1. any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured
Derived Formspetaline, adjectivepetal-like, adjectivepetalled, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon leaf; related to petannunai to lie open
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Word Origin and History for petaled

petal

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

petaled in Science

petal

[pĕtl]
  1. 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.
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