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 In the interim, though, visually marking spring's final bloom is as easy as a lip painted in the pink of a peony petal. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 2 June 2021 The different tips all have unique shapes, such as leaf, petal, stars, thin line or thick lines, and many more. Chris Hachey, BGR, 25 May 2021 Already versed in Golden Age fashion thanks to her plum part as O.G. it-girl Marion Davies in Mank, Amanda Seyfried dazzled in crimson Armani Privé pleats that curved into the shape of a flower petal. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2021 The projection visualized every death to COVID-19 in Arizona as a single petal floating in and out of frame, with every two seconds representing a day of the last 15 months. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, 2 Mar. 2021 Then, dig in by using your fingers; grab hold of an outer petal and pull it away from the artichoke. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2021 To eat, pick individual petals off each artichoke quarter and pull through your teeth to scrape off the thin layer of tender flesh at the base of each petal. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 3 Mar. 2021 Here are a few ideas for your petal-peeping expeditions. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 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, 29 July 2016

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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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9 Jun 2021

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“Petal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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