petalody

[ 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.

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Origin of petalody

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

OTHER WORDS FROM petalody

pet·a·lod·ic [pet-l-od-ik] /ˌpɛt lˈɒd ɪk/, adjective
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Example sentences 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

petalody
/ (ˈpɛtəˌləʊdɪ) /

noun

a condition in certain plants in which stamens or other parts of the flower assume the form and function of petals

Derived forms of petalody

petalodic (ˌpɛtəˈlɒdɪk), adjective

Word Origin for petalody

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