sepal

[ see-puh l ]
/ ˈsi pəl /

noun Botany.

one of the individual leaves or parts of the calyx of a flower.

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Origin of sepal

< New Latin sepalum (1790), irregular coinage based on Greek sképē covering and Latin petalum petal

OTHER WORDS FROM sepal

se·paled, se·palled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sepal

sepal
/ (ˈsɛpəl) /

noun

any of the separate parts of the calyx of a flower

Derived forms of sepal

sepalled or sepalous (ˈsɛpələs), adjective

Word Origin for sepal

C19: from New Latin sepalum: sep-, from Greek skepē a covering + -alum, from New Latin petalum petal
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Scientific definitions for sepal

sepal
[ sēpəl ]

One of the usually separate, green parts that surround and protect the flower bud and extend from the base of a flower after it has opened. Sepals tend to occur in the same number as the petals and to be centered over the petal divisions. In some species sepals are colored like petals, and they can even be indistinguishable from petals, as in the lilies (in what are called tepals). In some groups, such as the poppies, the sepals fall off after the flower bud opens. See more at flower.
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