co·​rol·​la kə-ˈrä-lə How to pronounce corolla (audio) -ˈrō- How to pronounce corolla (audio)
: the part of a flower that consists of the separate or fused petals and constitutes the inner whorl of the perianth
kə-ˈrä-lət How to pronounce corolla (audio)

Examples of corolla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The light made a corolla in the airspace of the double glass. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2022 The bird’s beak evolved to gather nectar from flowers with long tubular corollas, including a passionflower that is deeply reliant on the avian rapier for pollination. National Geographic, 18 Apr. 2018 Double Otto’. The 2-inch-wide double flowers feature deeply flared scarlet sepals with double, dark-purple corollas. Ciscoe Morris, The Seattle Times, 14 June 2017

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin corōlla, going back to Latin, "small wreath of flowers, garland," by syncope and assimilation from *korōn-ela, from corōna "wreath, garland worn on the head as a mark of honor or emblem of majesty" + -ela, diminutive suffix — more at crown entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corolla was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Corolla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


co·​rol·​la kə-ˈräl-ə How to pronounce corolla (audio) -ˈrōl- How to pronounce corolla (audio)
: the part of a flower that consists of the petals and encloses the stamens and pistil

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