[ pet-l ]
/ ˈpɛt l /


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

Origin of petal

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 (see patent)

Related forms

Can be confused

pedal peddle petal

Definition 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.

Origin of -petal

< New Latin -pet(us) seeking, derivative of Latin petere to seek + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for petal (1 of 2)


/ (ˈpɛtəl) /


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

Derived Forms

petaline, adjectivepetal-like, adjectivepetalled, adjective

Word Origin for petal

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

British Dictionary definitions for petal (2 of 2)


adj combining form


Word Origin for -petal

from New Latin -petus, from Latin petere to seek
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Medicine definitions for petal



Moving toward:basipetal.
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Science definitions for petal


[ pĕtl ]

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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