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

Examples of petal in a Sentence

flowers with pink and white petals
Recent Examples on the Web Already versed in Golden Age fashion thanks to her plum part as O.G. it-girl Marion Davies in Mank, Amanda Seyfried dazzled in crimson Armani Privé pleats that curved into the shape of a flower petal. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "The Best Dressed Stars at the 2021 Academy Awards," 25 Apr. 2021 The projection visualized every death to COVID-19 in Arizona as a single petal floating in and out of frame, with every two seconds representing a day of the last 15 months. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Group mourns 15,000 Arizonans dead as part of push for national COVID-19 memorial day," 2 Mar. 2021 Then, dig in by using your fingers; grab hold of an outer petal and pull it away from the artichoke. Washington Post, "How to prep, cook and enjoy stuffed artichokes," 11 Mar. 2021 To eat, pick individual petals off each artichoke quarter and pull through your teeth to scrape off the thin layer of tender flesh at the base of each petal. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Learning to Love My Microwave," 3 Mar. 2021 Here are a few ideas for your petal-peeping expeditions. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildflowers 2021: See the desert bloom on these hikes and scenic drives," 19 Feb. 2021 The flower is quite striking to look at, with a huge potatolike pod, called the spadix, rising out of a frilly and fantastically colored spath, which resembles a petal. Karl J. P. Smith, Scientific American, "Stop and Smell the Flowers—but Be Ready to Gag [Video]," 29 July 2016 The incredibly smooth freespool, the flower-petal porting, and the high-gloss, hand-polished solid back all harken back to the original. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best of the Best: The Top Hunting and Fishing Gear of 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 The petal is drenched, but silky and too lovely to dump in the garbage. Claudia Hinz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Angel practice," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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4 May 2021

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“Petal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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