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

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 The film's director, who is rumored to be feuding with at least one if not all of its stars, is fresh from the New York City premiere and looking light and carefree as the daisy-petal cutouts on her dress. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 22 Sep. 2022 The finish is like a flower petal: creamy and powdery, not dry and powdery. Allure Editors, Allure, 13 Sep. 2022 Built in the form of an oval and clad in floor-to-ceiling concave windows that give the façade a petal-like outline, the structure frames striking views of Denver’s downtown. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 The leaning tower of salad is structured to ensure that each leaf of lettuce is adequately draped in dressing, every bite has a bit of bacon and each forkful an extra crumble of cheese, an onion petal and maybe a nut. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2022 Each petal has a white stripe down the middle, so that from a distance, the flower looks like a star. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2022 The intricate detailing was made by pouring liquid gold into a mold of 41 mushroom petals before placing the conflict-free natural diamonds on each petal by hand. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 25 July 2022 Then, each petal was adorned by hand with natural diamonds. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 22 July 2022 This orange peony firework is one of the simpler designs, with each peony petal coming from a very small star. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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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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