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

Examples of petal in a Sentence

flowers with pink and white petals

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Power Moves: With Mercury shifting into your zone of solitary wanderings and messages from the body, this week is a delicious mental bathtub packed with rose petals. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 Each shot captures distinct clusters of desert rose petals, shadows cast by wafer-thin overhangs, and wedges of azure sky. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 Flower petals, plants, roots of trees — all these sort of things were in my mind. Tony Bravo, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Wrinkle in Time’ costumer’s inspirations for dressing Oprah, Reese and Mindy," 8 Mar. 2018 One of the hallmarks of the beginning of spring every year is the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., when the beautiful soft pink petals bloom and create a gorgeous backdrop for the Capitol. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "This Is When The Cherry Blossoms Will Peak in Washington D.C," 15 Mar. 2019 In 2017, when the exhibit highlighted Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Rihanna managed to make an architectural CDG confection covered in floral fabrics layered and pulled apart like petals look next-level. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Rihanna’s Best Met Gala Red Carpet Looks Throughout the Years," 22 Apr. 2019 As if the parade of looks done in the fashion house's signature hue wasn't stunning enough, the finale saw a storm of red rose petals falling from the ceiling as models walked the runway in color coordinating looks. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Made It Rain Rose Petals At Its Pre-Fall 2019 Show in Tokyo," 27 Nov. 2018 Thin some corn syrup with water; lightly brush on rose petals. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rose Petal Cupcakes," 2 Jan. 2012 Made of 250,000 different steel elements bolted together in curving sections and covered in glass fiber–reinforced concrete, the building sprawls like scattered, overlapping petals at the edge of the Persian Gulf. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019

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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 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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