sepal
noun Etymology: New Latin sepalum, from sep- (irregular from Greek skepē covering) + -alum (as in petalum petal) Date: 1821 one of the modified leaves comprising a calyx — see flower illustration

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  • sepal — sepal; sepal·ine; sepal·oid; …   English syllables

  • sepal — leaf of the calyx, 1821, from Fr. sépal, from Mod.L. sepalum (H.J. de Necker, 1790), coined from L. separatus separate + petalum petal …   Etymology dictionary

  • Sepal — Se pal, n. [NL. sepalum, formed in imitation of NL. petalum, petal, to denote one of the divisions of the calyx: cf. F. s[ e]pale.] (Bot.) A leaf or division of the calyx. [1913 Webster] Note: When the calyx consists of but one part, it is said… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sepal — ► NOUN Botany ▪ each of the leaf like parts of a flower that surround the petals, enclosing them when the flower is in bud. ORIGIN from Greek skep covering , influenced by French pétale petal …   English terms dictionary

  • sepal — [sē′pəl; ] chiefly Brit [ sep′əl] n. [Fr sépale < ModL sepalum, arbitrary blend < Gr skepē, a covering + ModL petalum, PETAL] Bot. any of the usually green, leaflike parts of the calyx: see FLOWER sepaled adj. sepalled …   English World dictionary

  • Sepal — A sepal (from Latin separatus separate + petalum petal ) is a part of the flower of angiosperms or flower plants. Sepals in a typical flower are green and lie under the more conspicuous petals. As a collective unit the sepals are called the of a… …   Wikipedia

  • sepal —   n. portion of calyx.    ♦ sepaline,    ♦ sepaloid, a. like sepal …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • sepal — taurėlapis statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Augalų žiedo taurelės lapelis. atitikmenys: angl. sepal rus. чашелистик …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • Sepal — Kamelienblüte Skizze: Ke = Kelchblatt Die Kelchblätter (Sepalen) bilden den Kelch (Calyx) einer Blüte einer Bedecktsamigen Pflanze und sind die äußeren, manchmal derberen und manchmal grünen Blütenhüllblätter, sie können aber auch andere Farben… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sepal — sepaled, sepalled, adj. /see peuhl/, n. Bot. one of the individual leaves or parts of the calyx of a flower. [ < NL sepalum (1790), irreg. coinage based on Gk sképe covering and L petalum PETAL] * * * …   Universalium

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