American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The petals of a flower considered as a group or unit and usually of a color other than green; the inner whorl of the perianth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the envelop of a flower, within the calyx and immediately surrounding the stamens and pistil, usually of delicate texture and of some other color than green, and forming the most conspicuous part of the flower. It shows an extreme diversity of forms, which are distinguished as either polypetalous or gamopetalous. A polypetalous corolla (also called choripetalous, dialypetalous, or eleutheropetalous) has its several parts or petals distinct. A gamopetalous (or monopetalous or sympetalous) corolla has its parts more or less coalescent into a cup or tube. The corolla is often wanting, and when present is not rarely inconspicuous.
- n. botany An outermost-but-one whorl of a flower, composed of petals, when it is not the same in appearance as the outermost whorl (the calyx); it usually comprises the petal, which may be fused.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The inner envelope of a flower; the part which surrounds the organs of fructification, consisting of one or more leaves, called
petals. It is usually distinguished from the calyx by the fineness of its texture and the gayness of its colors. See the Note under blossom.
- n. (botany) the whorl of petals of a flower that collectively form an inner floral envelope or layer of the perianth
- From Latin corōlla ("small garland, chaplet or wreath"), diminutive of corōna ("garland, chaplet, wreath"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin corōlla, small garland, diminutive of corōna, garland; see corona. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I am very curious where in corolla this was, in front of which sub-division.”
“Flowers – light blue, small, on a one-sided raceme, coiled up at the tip and unfolding as the flowers open – calyx five-lobed – corolla is round and flat, or salver shaped – stamens five – there is a white species of the flower.”
“The straws resemble a flower from the region, called centropogon nigricans, which has a funnel-like neck called a corolla, at the base of which is its nectar.”
“The salver-shaped corolla, which is white, pleasingly tinted with red, has a short tube and five divisions, curiously cornered; the flower is fully ¾in. across, and in its unopened state is hardly less pretty than when blown.”
“The flowers are produced in terminal clusters, one large flower being surrounded by a whorl of smaller ones; they are of a rich purplish-blue inside the corolla, which is rotate; the segments (mitre-shaped) and the spaces between are prettily furnished with a feathery fringe; the wide tube is also finely striped inside; the calyx is tubular, having long awl-shaped segments; the stems are procumbent, firm (almost woody), short jointed, and thickest near the top.”
“The flowers are four-parted, the calyx resembling a corolla, which is usually absent.”
“The corolla is the flower, popularly so called; its parts, which are sometimes distinct and sometimes united in various ways, are termed petals.”
“The wood is gradually formed from this; and according to Linneus, the corolla is a continuation of it.”
“Above the calyx is a broad spreading corolla which is white or brightly colored and is divided into several distinct parts called petals.”
“When the insect alights on a flower, he suddenly unrolls this trunk, and sucks in the juices from the depth of its "corolla," as you would drink up liquid with a straw from the bottom of a small vial.”
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