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 skepē covering 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.