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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Imagine flower petals cut from paper and then pinned together: that’s what inspired the new Paper Flowers collection, which includes both fine and high jewelry designs. The Cut, "Why “Tiffany Blue” Was All Over Instagram This Month," 18 May 2018 Like all of its mustard-family relatives, the flowers of Draba verna (also Erophila verna) have four petals. Dave Taft, New York Times, "A Spring Frost? Or Are Those Flowers?," 19 Apr. 2018 April 28, 2018 Richie posts a photo of Disick on a bed with rose petals in the shape of a heart. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Timeline of Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's Relationship," 6 June 2018 Double have dense centers that look like petals, but are transformed stamens., "How to clear soil choked with old roots: Ask an expert," 6 June 2018 On a garden, its wet petals still Clustered shy of being individual, Its people optimistic on their paths, Reciting from the spontaneity Minor roles can blossom. Anne Mette Lundtofte, The New Yorker, "Fidelio," 8 Mar. 2018 Afraid of elephants, who could lift a man and pluck his limbs like petals from a daisy. Blair Braverman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Dog Sledder Blair Braverman on Learning to Live With Lions and Pythons," 8 Mar. 2018 It is laid with plates that rise a few inches off the table, as if levitating, each one sumptuously painted with wings or petals or licks of flame emanating from a glowing center: variations on the vulva. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Judy Chicago, the Godmother," 7 Feb. 2018 Harvest equal amounts lemon verbena leaves and petals of rose and calendula. Sunset, "Grow Your Own Herbal Tea Garden," 22 Jan. 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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The first known use of petal was in 1712

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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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