noun Etymology: New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon; akin to Greek petannynai to spread out — more at fathom Date: circa 1726 one of the modified often brightly colored leaves of the corolla of a flower — see flower illustration • petaled or petalled adjectivepetallike adjective

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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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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