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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The whole apartment had candles and rose petals everywhere. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Gisele Bundchen reveals the alarming way Tom Brady proposed," 14 June 2018 Brandish your light sabers and leave a trail of pastel rose petals, astro babes. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018 The notes include watermelon, bergamot, juicy pineapple, apple blossom, peony petals, fresh jasmine, cedarwood, sunkissed amber, and musk. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Is Dropping Three New Perfumes Inspired By Her Kimojis," 9 July 2018 The petals are unpainted silver and the center is a brassy yellow. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award finalist: "Nothing Less Than 20,000 Watts" by Susan Finch," 2 June 2018 But just weeks later, a dark goo, believed to be from the insects, again coated the petals of flowers carved into the marble. Shashank Bengali,, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 BACON ROSES Ingredients: 1 pack thick cut bacon 1 bunch fake roses Toothpicks Instructions: Preheat oven to 375F Start by tearing off the flower petals until you're left with a bare, empty stem. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's Last-Minute Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner!," 14 Feb. 2018 The final garnish is a mound of flower petals dropped from a wood spoon. Michael Bauer,, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Aggressive selection and hybridization has turned the male parts of many plants, called stamen, into an extra set of petals, creating a gorgeous but entirely useless blossom, Dupin tells me. Harrison Takoff, Smithsonian, "Why You Can Walk Into a Store and Buy a Nearly Extinct Animal," 2 Apr. 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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