Sepal meaning

sēpəl
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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.
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Any of the usually green, leaflike parts of the calyx.
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One of the usually separate, green parts that surround and protect the flower bud and extend from the base of a flower after it has opened. Sepals tend to occur in the same number as the petals and to be centered over the petal divisions. In some species sepals are colored like petals, and they can even be indistinguishable from petals, as in the lilies (in what are called tepals). In some groups, such as the poppies, the sepals fall off after the flower bud opens.
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(botany) One of the component parts of the calyx, when this consists of separate (not fused) parts.
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Origin of sepal

  • New Latin sepalum perhaps blend of Greek skepē covering Latin petalum petal petal

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

  • Latin sepalum

    From Wiktionary