Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the often brightly colored parts of a flower immediately surrounding the reproductive organs; a division of the corolla.

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  • n. one of the component parts of the corolla of a flower, when this consists of separate parts, that is it is not fused. Petals are often brightly colored.
  • n. Term of endearment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the leaves of the corolla, or the colored leaves of a flower. See corolla, and Illust. of flower.
  • n. One of the expanded ambulacra which form a rosette on the black of certain Echini.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a corollaleaf; one of the individual parts of a corolla in which they are distinct.
  • n. In zoology, a petaloid ambulacrum, as that of a spatangoid or clypeastroid sea-urchin. See cuts under ambulacrum and petalostichous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. part of the perianth that is usually brightly colored

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon, leaf.

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From Ancient Greek πέταλον (petalon).

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