American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the separate, usually green parts forming the calyx of a flower.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, a calyx-leaf; one of the individual leaves or parts that make up the calyx, or outer circle of floral envelops. See calyx, cut in preceding column, and cuts under antisepalous and dimerous.
- n. botany One of the component parts of the calyx, when this consists of separate (not fused) parts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A leaf or division of the calyx.
- n. one of the green parts that form the calyx of a flower
- Latin sepalum (Wiktionary)
- New Latin sepalum, perhaps blend of Greek skepē, covering and Latin petalum, petal; see petal. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The green thing on the back of a rose is the calyx and each of its leaflets is called a sepal," said Ethel Brown by way of fixing the definition firmly in her mind.”
“The sepal is the outermost, green, leaf-like floral organ, which acts defensively to enclose and protect the developing reproductive structures.”
“In the plant, the eye or germinative point opens to a leaf, then to another leaf, with a power of transforming the leaf into radicle, stamen, pistil, petal, bract, sepal, or seed.”
“The lamina or expanded portion of a monopetalous corolla or of a petal or sepal.”
“Also he only mentioned one Federal position in his sepal about how it would be tough to win a primary.”
“Again, another fable says, with respect to the five petals and the five sepals of the Pansy, two of which petals are plain in colour, whilst each has a single sepal, the three other petals being gay of hue, one of these (the largest of all) having two sepals; that the Pansy represents a family of husband, wife, and four daughters, two of the latter being step-children of the wife.”
“The calyx of five sepals is very large, whence the specific name, and each sepal is nearly round and cupped, whence the old common name, "Cup St. John's Wort"; the five petals are 2in. long and widely apart; stamens very numerous, long, thready, and arranged in tufts.”
“Thus we may come across a rose, an outer petal of which appears in the form of a leaf of the calyx (sepal), or one of the sepals is found to have grown into an ordinary rose leaf.”
“Leaf, sepal, petal, etc., much as they differ outwardly, yet showed themselves to him as manifestations of one and the same spiritual archetype.”
“Sanders, singular in the inequality of the calyx and the great development of the posticous sepal.”
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