tepal

[tee-puh l, tep-uh l]
noun Botany.
  1. one of the divisions of a flower perianth, especially one that is not clearly differentiated into petals and sepals, as in lilies and tulips.

Origin of tepal

< French tépale (1827), alteration of pétale petal, on the model of sépale sepal; coined by Augustin-Pierre de Candolle (1778–1841), Swiss botanist
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Historical Examples of tepal

  • The Blacks have a quaint story about its origin, and I will tell it to you as old Tepal, a black chief, told it to me.


British Dictionary definitions for tepal

tepal

noun
  1. any of the subdivisions of a perianth that is not clearly differentiated into calyx and corolla

Word Origin for tepal

C20: from French tépale changed (on analogy with sépale sepal) from pétale petal
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tepal in Science

tepal

[tēpəl, tĕpəl]
  1. A division of the perianth of a flower in which the sepals and petals are indistinguishable, as in tulips and lilies.
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