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petalody

[pet-l-oh-dee]
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noun Botany.
  1. a condition in flowers, in which certain organs, as the stamens in most double flowers, assume the appearance of or become metamorphosed into petals.
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Origin of petalody

1880–85; < Greek petalṓdēs leaflike (see petal, -ode1) + -y3
Related formspet·a·lod·ic [pet-l-od-ik] /ˌpɛt lˈɒd ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • The change is associated with petalody of the stamens and pistils.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Petalody of the connective is of less frequent occurrence than the corresponding change in the other portions of the stamen.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • For other illustrations see multiplication of whorls, petalody; see also Moquin, loc.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Petalody of the styles and median prolification are also sometimes found in association with an augmented number of stamens.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters


British Dictionary definitions for petalody

petalody

noun
  1. a condition in certain plants in which stamens or other parts of the flower assume the form and function of petals
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Derived Formspetalodic (ˌpɛtəˈlɒdɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Greek petalōdēs like a leaf, from petalon leaf
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