Petal definition

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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.

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Moving toward, seeking.

Basipetal.

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One of the often brightly colored parts of a flower surrounding the reproductive organs. Petals are attached to the receptacle underneath the carpels and stamens and may be separate or joined at their bases. As a group, the petals are called the corolla .
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(botany) One of the component parts of the corolla of a flower, when this consists of separate parts, that is it is not fused. Petals are often brightly colored.
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Term of endearment.
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One of the often brightly colored parts of a flower immediately surrounding the reproductive organs; a division of the corolla.
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Any of the component parts, or leaves, of a corolla.
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Moving toward.

Basipetal.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
petal
Plural:
petals

Origin of petal

  • < ModL -petus (< L petere, to rush at, seek: see feather + -al

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • From New Latin -petus from Latin petere to seek pet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • New Latin petalum from Greek petalon leaf petə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek πέταλον (petalon).

    From Wiktionary