- The definition of a petal is the brightly colored outside part of a plant.
An example of a petal is one of the red parts on a rose bud.
Pink and red rose petals.
Origin of petalModern Latin petalum ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin a thin metal plate ; from Classical Greek petalon, leaf ; from petalos, outspread ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pet-, to spread out from source fathom
Origin of -petal; from Modern Latin -petus (; from Classical Latin petere, to rush at, seek: see feather + -al
Origin of petalNew Latin petalum, from Greek petalon, leaf; see pet&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- pet′aled, pet′alled
Origin of -petalFrom New Latin -petus, from Latin petere, to seek; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek πέταλον (petalon).