pet·​al | \ ˈpe-tᵊl \

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 \ adjective
petallike \ ˈpe-​tᵊl-​ˌ(l)īk \ adjective

Examples of petal in a Sentence

flowers with pink and white petals

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As for the fragrance itself, Calvin Klein Women is a woody floral built around three principal ingredients: eucalyptus acorns, orange flower petals, and Alaskan cedarwood. Marci Robin, Glamour, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Are Bare-Faced in New Calvin Klein Campaign—and the Photos Are Gorgeous," 16 July 2018 By the time the powerful chorus erupts, Deadpool himself dances across the stage in an interpretive performance as flower petals rain down from above. Billboard, "Celine Dion Debuts Epic New Single & Video 'Ashes' For 'Deadpool 2': Watch," 3 May 2018 The real flowers, with their tiny green petals, stigmas and stamens, are best appreciated with a magnifying lens. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Blaze of Glory," 16 May 2018 When the sun rises in the morning, the SmartFlower automatically unfolds and begins producing energy by setting its petals at a ninety-degree angle. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Flower-shaped solar panel now sold in the U.S.," 11 Sep. 2018 Barely visible, tiny green petals were the beginnings of her public art project. Cristela Guerra,, "Artist Ekua Holmes wants to plant hope all over Roxbury," 11 July 2018 The collection, ranging from pendants and earrings to bracelets and rings, was inspired by the idea of flower petals, cut from paper and delicately pinned together. Kathleen Luppi,, "Tiffany & Co. debuts its latest jewelry collection, Tiffany Paper Flowers," 10 May 2018 For the morning glory that spreads its petals at dawn, for geese flying south in autumn, for locusts swarming every 17 years and even for lowly slime molds sporing in daily cycles, timing is everything. Karen Wright, Scientific American, "Biological Clocks Operate on Many Scales," 21 Jan. 2012 To clouds of falling white petals, dancers clad in patterned bodysuits twisted gracefully to the clicking sound of a metronome. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of petal

: one of the soft, colorful parts of a flower


pet·​al | \ ˈpe-tᵊl \

Kids Definition of petal

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

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