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[pol-ee-pet-l-uh s]
adjective Botany.
  1. having a corolla of separate petals.
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Origin of polypetalous

First recorded in 1695–1705; poly- + petalous
Related formspol·y·pet·al·y, noun
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Examples from the Web for polypetalous

Historical Examples of polypetalous

  • This is polypetalous, except that two of the petals cohere, usually but slightly.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Polypetalous, when the petals are distinct or separate (whether few or many), 89.

  • It is more common among polysepalous and polypetalous plants than in those in which the sepals or petals are united together.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Rhamnus, ram′nus, n. a genus of polypetalous shrubs and trees, including the buckthorn.

  • Sagina, sa-jī′na, n. a genus of polypetalous plants of the pink family.

British Dictionary definitions for polypetalous


  1. (of flowers) having many distinct or separate petalsCompare gamopetalous
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