petal

noun

pet·​al ˈpe-tᵊl How to pronounce petal (audio)
: one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower see flower illustration
petaled adjective
or petalled
petallike adjective

Examples of petal in a Sentence

flowers with pink and white petals
Recent Examples on the Web Gray, brown or tan-color mold or rotting edges on petals. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Apr. 2024 Some gusty winds on Tuesday could dislodge petals, but breezes are forecast to ease after that. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2024 Another showed her in a white headdress, tossing flower petals with an Afro-Brazilian society at a local street festival. Christopher F. Schuetze, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 At the Tidal Basin, the cherry trees, which reached peak bloom almost two weeks ago, have lost many petals from their blossoms. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2024 Chopped into colorful confetti or served whole on a cake or candy tray, the petals have a delicate crunch, inviting flavor, and subtle fragrance. Sunset Magazine, 25 Mar. 2024 This gorgeous faux bouquet consists of 20 pink tulips with ombre details on the petals for a more realistic appearance. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 22 Mar. 2024 The processions are full of drumbeats, songs, colorful powder and flower petals thrown into the air. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Roughly 30 people wearing red shirts and veils staged a silent performance, scattering fabric petals bearing the names of Gazans killed by Israel’s military. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon; akin to Greek petannynai to spread out — more at fathom

First Known Use

1712, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of petal was in 1712

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“Petal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petal. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

petal

noun
pet·​al ˈpet-ᵊl How to pronounce petal (audio)
: one of the often brightly colored modified leaves that make up the corolla of a flower
petaled adjective
or petalled
petallike adjective

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