Petal Pet"al, n. [Gr. ? a leaf, a leaf or plate of metal, fr. ? outspread, broad, flat: cf. F. p['e]tale. See {Fathom}.] 1. (Bot.) One of the leaves of the corolla, or the colored leaves of a flower. See {Corolla}, and Illust. of {Flower}. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) One of the expanded ambulacra which form a rosette on the black of certain Echini. [1913 Webster]

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  • Petal — Petal, MS U.S. city in Mississippi Population (2000): 7579 Housing Units (2000): 3208 Land area (2000): 9.670087 sq. miles (25.045409 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.015214 sq. miles (0.039404 sq. km) Total area (2000): 9.685301 sq. miles (25.084813 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • petal — 1726, from Mod.L. petalum petal (1649), from Gk. petalon leaf, thin plate, originally neut. of adj. petalos outspread, broad, flat, from PIE root *pet to spread out …   Etymology dictionary

  • petal — PETÁL elem. petali . Trimis de raduborza, 15.09.2007. Sursa: MDN …   Dicționar Român

  • petal — s. m. [Portugal: Trás os Montes] Alvião servindo de picareta e enxada …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • petal — has a derived form petalled in BrE, but petaled is also used in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • petal — ► NOUN ▪ each of the segments of the corolla of a flower. ORIGIN Greek petalon leaf …   English terms dictionary

  • -petal — [pə təl] [< ModL petus (< L petere, to rush at, seek: see FEATHER + AL] combining form forming adjectives moving toward, seeking [basipetal] …   English World dictionary

  • petal — [pet′ l] n. [ModL petalum < ML(Ec), a thin metal plate < Gr petalon, leaf < petalos, outspread < IE base * pet , to spread out > FATHOM] any of the component parts, or leaves, of a corolla: see FLOWER petaled adj. petalled …   English World dictionary

  • Petal — For other uses, see Petal (disambiguation). Tetrameric flower of the Primrose Willowherb (Ludwigia octovalvis) showing petals and sepals. Petals are modified leaves that surround the reproductive parts of flowers. They often are brightly colored… …   Wikipedia

  • petal — UK [ˈpet(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms petal : singular petal plural petals one of the coloured parts around the centre of a flower rose petals …   English dictionary

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