one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.
- pet·al·age, noun
- petaled, petalled, adjective
- pet·al·less, adjective
- pet·al·like, adjective
- un·pet·aled, adjective
- un·pet·alled, adjective
Other definitions 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.
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How to use petal in a sentence
The shopper bags continued the petal effect, made perhaps from extra material from a wedding dress covered in rosettes.Marni's Sophisticated Spring/ Summer 2014 Collection | Liza Foreman | September 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And to keep the sun out of her eyes, the Burberry girl will be wearing white framed, petal-shaped dark glasses next spring.
He only brushed a flower so lightly with his fingertips that he did not disturb as much as a petal.
The satirical petal Paper found an audience—but more and more of them were out of state.
He lived in the small town of petal, Mississippi, across the river from Hattiesburg.
Its shape is of a lotos bud, and the long fissures that plough a mountain side are now but delicate gold veining on a petal.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
"Then I am quite sure you will remember," she laughed, and fell to picking a rose apart, petal by petal.The Colonel of the Red Huzzars | John Reed Scott
She took another bungling stitch in the petal of a white floss daisy.The Butterfly House | Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Ariadne was the white and slender lily, slowly unfolding petal after petal in obedience to the law of its own inner growth.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
That other night, after he had gone home, he had found a solitary pink petal clinging to his scarf-pin.The White Shield | Myrtle Reed
British Dictionary definitions for petal (1 of 2)
any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured
- petaline, adjective
- petal-like, adjective
- petalled, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for -petal (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for petal
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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