Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or resembling a petal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a petal; attached to, or resembling, a petal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to a petal; attached to, or resembling, a petal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, pertaining to a petal; attached to a petal; resembling a petal in form or color: as, a petaline nectary.

Etymologies

Compare French p├ętalin. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Darwin [573] has thrown out the suggestion that the cause for the appearance of double flowers may be sought for in some previous state of things, bringing about sterility or imperfect formation, or functional activity of the genitalia of the flower, and consequent compensatory increase of the petaline element, either in the form of an increased number of bracts, petals, &c., or in the substitution of petals for stamens and pistils, &c.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

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