petal

[ pet-l ]
/ ˈpɛt l /

noun

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

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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)

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Example sentences from the Web for petaled

  • The flashing, petaled heart was woven of living rainbows of cold flame.

  • The Disan took a hook-shaped object from his waist and thrust it into the petaled orifice.

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British Dictionary definitions for petaled

petal
/ (ˈpɛtəl) /

noun

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

Derived forms of petal

petaline, adjectivepetal-like, adjectivepetalled, adjective

Word Origin for petal

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

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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