pet·​al | \ ˈpe-tᵊl How to pronounce petal (audio) \

Definition of petal

: one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower — see flower illustration

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Other Words from petal

petaled or petalled \ ˈpe-​tᵊld How to pronounce petal (audio) \ adjective
petallike \ ˈpe-​tᵊl-​ˌ(l)īk How to pronounce petal (audio) \ adjective

Examples of petal in a Sentence

flowers with pink and white petals
Recent Examples on the Web Here are a few ideas for your petal-peeping expeditions. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildflowers 2021: See the desert bloom on these hikes and scenic drives," 19 Feb. 2021 The flower is quite striking to look at, with a huge potatolike pod, called the spadix, rising out of a frilly and fantastically colored spath, which resembles a petal. Karl J. P. Smith, Scientific American, "Stop and Smell the Flowers—but Be Ready to Gag [Video]," 29 July 2016 The incredibly smooth freespool, the flower-petal porting, and the high-gloss, hand-polished solid back all harken back to the original. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best of the Best: The Top Hunting and Fishing Gear of 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 The petal is drenched, but silky and too lovely to dump in the garbage. Claudia Hinz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Angel practice," 18 Nov. 2020 Each individual silk petal is dyed to match the vivid shades of yellow and orange found in natural nasturtiums. Ana Connery, CNN Underscored, "16 artificial plants and flowers that actually look real," 28 Sep. 2020 Lay a lemon wheel atop each drink, lay a rose petal on each lemon wheel and sprinkle on a few flakes of sea salt. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Rose Recipes for the Prettiest Cakes and Cocktails," 3 Sep. 2020 This flower is similar to scilla, but its blooms are pearly white, often with a faint blue stripe down each petal. Beth Botts,, "The best spring-blooming bulbs to plant under trees this autumn range from daffodils to snowdrops," 23 Aug. 2020 The electric blue in this heart-shape jelly cake really showcases every flower petal inside. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Stunning Jelly Cakes Are Edible Works of Art," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of petal

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petal

New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon; akin to Greek petannynai to spread out — more at fathom

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5 Mar 2021

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“Petal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of petal

: one of the soft, colorful parts of a flower


pet·​al | \ ˈpe-tᵊl How to pronounce petal (audio) \

Kids Definition of petal

: one of the often brightly colored leaflike outer parts of a flower

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