[tee-puh l, tep-uh l]
- 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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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.Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin
Mary F. Nixon-Roulet
- any of the subdivisions of a perianth that is not clearly differentiated into calyx and corolla
C20: from French tépale changed (on analogy with sépale sepal) from pétale petal
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- 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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