- the envelope of a flower, whether calyx or corolla or both.
Origin of perianth
1700–10;Related formsper·i·an·thi·al, adjective
< New Latin.
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Historical Examples of perianth
The lodicules are small organs and they are the vestiges of the perianth.
The perianth consists of six parts, and the stamens are usually six in number.
The fruit is a small angular nut, usually enclosed in the perianth.
The perianth of the flowers is, however, so small as to be inconspicuous.
The perianth is in six equal segments, and there are six stamens.
British Dictionary definitions for perianth
- the outer part of a flower, consisting of the calyx and corolla
Word Origin for perianth
C18: from French périanthe, from New Latin, from peri- + Greek anthos flower
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Word Origin and History for perianth
"envelope of a flower," 1706, from French périanthe, from Modern Latin perianthium (17c.), literally "that which is round the flower," from peri- (see peri-) + Greek anthos "flower" (see anther).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The sepals and petals of a flower considered together.
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