[ pet-l ]
/ ˈpɛt l /
one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.
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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)
OTHER WORDS FROM petal
pet·al·age, nounpetaled, petalled, adjectivepet·al·less, adjectivepet·al·like, adjective
un·pet·aled, adjectiveun·pet·alled, adjective
Definition for petal (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “seeking, moving toward” that specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: acropetal.
Origin of -petal
<New Latin -pet(us) seeking, derivative of Latin petere to seek + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for petal (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpɛtəl) /
any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured
Derived forms of petalpetaline, adjectivepetal-like, adjectivepetalled, adjective
Word Origin for petal
C18: from New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon leaf; related to petannunai to lie open
British Dictionary definitions for petal (2 of 2)
adj combining form
Word Origin for -petal
from New Latin -petus, from Latin petere to seek
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Medical definitions for petal
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Scientific definitions for petal
[ pĕt′l ]
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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