- one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.
Origin of petal
- a combining form meaning “seeking, moving toward” that specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: acropetal.
Origin of -petal
Examples from the Web for petal
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
September 22, 2013
He only brushed a flower so lightly with his fingertips that he did not disturb as much as a petal.The Sept. 11 Survivor Tree in Bloom
March 24, 2012
He lived in the small town of Petal, Mississippi, across the river from Hattiesburg.Don't Buy Haley Barbour's Myth
December 20, 2010
The fingers that held the petal tingled, and a flush rose in her cheek.Viviette
William J. Locke
A petal fell off; and the taxi driver, brushing past her, ground it into the rug.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
"The petal of a plum blossom," he said compassionately, in his own tongue.
He saw the sunshine of Eden glint on every leaf and beam in every petal.Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales
Robert L. Taylor
As petal after petal floats down to earth she becomes artistic.
- any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured
Word Origin and History for petal
1726 (earlier petala, 1704), from Modern Latin petalum "petal" (17c.), from Greek petalon "a leaf; leaf of metal, thin plate," noun use of neuter of adj. petalos "outspread, broad, flat," from PIE root *pete- "to spread out" (see pace (n.)). Related: Petaline.
- Moving toward:basipetal.
- 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.