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[pet-l] /ˈpɛt l/
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 forms
petalage, noun
petaled, petalled, adjective
petalless, adjective
petallike, adjective
unpetaled, adjective
unpetalled, adjective
Can be confused
pedal, peddle, petal. Unabridged
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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


any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured
Derived Forms
petaline, adjective
petal-like, adjective
petalled, 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



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.

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petaled in Science
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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