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petal

1

[ pet-l ]

noun

  1. one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.


-petal

2
  1. a combining form meaning “seeking, moving toward” that specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words:

    acropetal.

-petal

1

combining form

  1. seeking

    centripetal



petal

2

/ ˈpɛtəl /

noun

  1. any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured

petal

/ pĕtl /

  1. 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 .
  2. See more at flower


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Derived Forms

  • ˈpetaline, adjective
  • ˈpetalled, adjective
  • ˈpetal-ˌlike, adjective
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Other Words From

  • petal·age noun
  • petaled petalled adjective
  • petal·less adjective
  • petal·like adjective
  • un·petaled adjective
  • un·petalled adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of petal1

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 ( patent )

Origin of petal2

< New Latin -pet ( us ) seeking, derivative of Latin petere to seek + -al 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of petal1

from New Latin -petus, from Latin petere to seek

Origin of petal2

C18: from New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon leaf; related to petannunai to lie open
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Example Sentences

That’s not to say that the process is fast—it can take a month for the petals to fully dry out—but your work load up front is minimal.

Marigolds’ fluffy, tightly-packed petals set them apart from other garden favorites, but you can be even more certain you’ve found the right plant by looking for its distinctive fern-like leaves.

As the first wave of the pandemic raged in India, Modi called for festivals of light and asked the air force to dispatch helicopters to shower hospitals with flower petals.

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If your artichoke is mature, it may have purple, thorny petals inside.

The artichokes are done when the large outer petals can be easily pulled off.

The shopper bags continued the petal effect, made perhaps from extra material from a wedding dress covered in rosettes.

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.

"Then I am quite sure you will remember," she laughed, and fell to picking a rose apart, petal by petal.

She took another bungling stitch in the petal of a white floss daisy.

Ariadne was the white and slender lily, slowly unfolding petal after petal in obedience to the law of its own inner growth.

That other night, after he had gone home, he had found a solitary pink petal clinging to his scarf-pin.

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