[ pet-l-oh-dee ]
/ ˈpɛt lˌoʊ di /

noun Botany.

a condition in flowers, in which certain organs, as the stamens in most double flowers, assume the appearance of or become metamorphosed into petals.

Nearby words

  1. petahertz,
  2. petal,
  3. petaliferous,
  4. petaline,
  5. petalite,
  6. petaloid,
  7. petalous,
  8. petaluma,
  9. petard,
  10. petasos

Origin of petalody

1880–85; < Greek petalṓdēs leaflike (see petal, -ode1) + -y3

Related formspet·a·lod·ic [pet-l-od-ik] /ˌpɛt lˈɒd ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for petalody

  • Petalody of the styles and median prolification are also sometimes found in association with an augmented number of stamens.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • For other illustrations see multiplication of whorls, petalody; see also Moquin, loc.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • Petalody of the connective is of less frequent occurrence than the corresponding change in the other portions of the stamen.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters
  • The change is associated with petalody of the stamens and pistils.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for petalody


/ (ˈpɛtəˌləʊdɪ) /


a condition in certain plants in which stamens or other parts of the flower assume the form and function of petals
Derived Formspetalodic (ˌpɛtəˈlɒdɪk), adjective

Word Origin for petalody

C19: from Greek petalōdēs like a leaf, from petalon leaf

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