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tepal

[ tee-puhl, tep-uhl ]
/ ˈti pəl, ˈtɛp əl /
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noun Botany.
one of the divisions of a flower perianth, especially one that is not clearly differentiated into petals and sepals, as in lilies and tulips.
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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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How to use tepal in a sentence

  • 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
/ (ˈtiːpəl, ˈtɛpəl) /

noun
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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Scientific definitions for tepal

tepal
[ tēpəl, tĕpəl ]

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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