- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: ModL petalum from ML(Ec), a thin metal plate from Glassical Greek petalon, leaf from petalos, outspread from Indo-European base an unverified form pet-, to spread out from source fathom
Origin: from Modern Latin -petus (from Classical Latin petere, to rush at, seek: see feather plush -al
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Origin: New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon, leaf; see petə- in Indo-European roots.
- petˈaled, petˈalled adjective
Origin: From New Latin -petus, from Latin petere, to seek; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
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