petal

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web Every winter, it was bedecked with large flowers, each having rose-brushed, white petals that arched back like wings from its floral tube, inside of which ran a pencil-thin line of magenta. Boston.com Real Estate, "Winter cactuses are hard to name but easy to grow," 25 Dec. 2019 Some burst with juniper flavor, while others are redolent with the aroma of rose petals. Bon Appétit, "Four British Gin Picks, Just for You," 18 Dec. 2019 Every winter, it was bedecked with large flowers, each having rose-brushed, white petals that arched back like wings from its floral tube, inside of which ran a pencil-thin line of magenta. Washington Post, "Winter cacti are hard to name but easy to grow," 17 Dec. 2019 Sometimes the natural world complies, as if in a fairy tale: as roses disappear, a blanket of multicolored petals appears in the river. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "How “The Memory Police” Makes You See," 6 Nov. 2019 The pungent scent and bright color of fresh marigold petals are meant to guide the spirits to their altars, and glasses of water are handy to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Day of the Dead has everything to do with the afterlife, love and those colorful skulls you've seen around," 1 Nov. 2019 The number was pure passion right through until rose petals fell from the ceiling. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Disney Night brings princess tears, Hannah Brown as Jasmine," 1 Oct. 2019 At 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 vintage is a bouquet brimming with pomegranates, fresh rose petals, and lilacs. Rachel King, Fortune, "How to Drink Red Wine During the Hot, Hot Summer," 10 Aug. 2019 Expect notes of strawberry, cherry blossom, rose petal, and crisp apple. Rachel King, Fortune, "The Champagnes and Sparkling Wines Worth Popping for All Your Holiday Festivities," 1 Dec. 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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The first known use of petal was in 1712

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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Petal.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petal. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for petal

petal

noun
How to pronounce petal (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of petal

: one of the soft, colorful parts of a flower

petal

noun
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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