- 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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from New Latin -petus, from Latin petere to seek
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- Moving toward:basipetal.
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