petal

noun pet·al \ ˈpe-tᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of petal

: one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower — see flower illustration

petaled

or petalled play \ˈpe-tᵊld\ adjective

petallike

play \ˈpe-tᵊl-ˌ(l)īk\ adjective

Examples of petal in a Sentence

  1. flowers with pink and white petals

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Origin and Etymology of petal

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


PETAL Defined for English Language Learners

petal

noun

Definition of petal for English Language Learners

  • : one of the soft, colorful parts of a flower


PETAL Defined for Kids

petal

noun pet·al \ ˈpe-tᵊl \

Definition of petal for Students

: one of the often brightly colored leaflike outer parts of a flower


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