Bot. any of the usually green, leaflike parts of the calyx
Origin of sepalFrench sépale ; from Modern Latin sepalum, arbitrary blend ; from Classical Greek skep?, a covering + Modern Latin petalum, petal
One of the usually green leaflike structures composing the outermost part of a flower. Sepals often enclose and protect the bud and may remain after the fruit forms.
Origin of sepalNew Latin sepalum, perhaps blend of Greek skep&emacron;, covering and Latin petalum, petal; see petal.
- sep′a·line , sep′a·lous
on a cherry tomato
- (botany) One of the component parts of the calyx, when this consists of separate (not fused) parts.