se·​pal | \ ˈsē-pəl How to pronounce sepal (audio) , ˈse-\

Definition of sepal

: one of the modified leaves comprising a calyx — see flower illustration

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But the sterile flowers each bear four large, showy, white sepals making an individual flower from 1/2-inch to 1-inch across. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 The inflorescence reaches 12 to 18 inches long, bearing colorful flowers with white lavender petals and orange sepals. Karen Dardick,, "Bromeliads create garden drama," 17 May 2018 Pick some yellow dandelion tops, remove the green sepal holding the flowers together, cover them with honey in a jar, label, and cap until the winter solstice on December 21 for a little summertime flower power. Christine Buckley, Bon Appetit, "This Common Weed Is Secretly Super Healthy," 12 June 2017 The hydrangeas which have large, showy sepals are called sterile flowers., "Happy hydrangeas: how to plant, grow and choose the best plants," 19 May 2017 This compact grower produces large and wildly impressive blooms with double flowers (each flower has more than 20 showy sepals rather than the typical four!) that start out white and fade gradually to deep pink. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Queen of the summer. Why your garden needs an oakleaf hydrangea," 14 July 2017 However, this is not true of Pachyphytum hookeri that has shorter, sepals that leave the red flowers open for viewing. Brian Kemble, The Mercury News, "Chubby succulent shows off its blooms," 11 May 2017 The flowers are tiny, inconspicuous and located in the middle of the four showy sepals., "Happy hydrangeas: how to plant, grow and choose the best plants," 19 May 2017 To get this look, arrange a selection of peonies, dahlias, ferns, forget-me-nots, and hydrangea sepals in a bowl of water and accent them with pieces of driftwood. Sara Tardiff, ELLE Decor, "Floral Arrangements To Try If You Have A Summer Zodiac Sign," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of sepal

1821, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sepal

New Latin sepalum, from sep- (irregular from Greek skepē covering) + -alum (as in petalum petal)

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se·​pal | \ ˈsē-pəl How to pronounce sepal (audio) , ˈse-\

Kids Definition of sepal

: one of the specialized leaves that form the calyx of a flower

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