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  • adj. (of flowers) having four petals


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  • The four-petaled flowers are about 3 inches across and bloom for a single day or two and close up shortly after the first direct sunlight shines down upon them, opening again in the evening.

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  • Cecilia J. used to read "The Wizard of Oz," and drew a four-petaled flower on page 27.

    September 2005

  • A sigil was carved into the handle, the four-petaled mark of Ushara, the Merciless One, the Devourer, mistress of life, death, and desire.

    Spirit Gate

  • They know that much from the Remington plastic four-petaled Power Piston wad that Scarpetta recovered from the inside of Daggie Simister's devastated head.


  • When in blossom, the plant is from twelve to fifteen inches in height; the flowers are small, white, and four-petaled; the seeds are small, of a reddish-brown color, and retain their vitality five years.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Containing Full Descriptions of Nearly Eleven Hundred Species and Varietes; With Directions for Propagation, Culture and Use.

  • The plant may at once be recognized by the heart-shaped pods and small, white, four-petaled flowers.

    Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany For High Schools and Elementary College Courses

  • Tolerance, gratitude, appreciation blossomed frailly; and over all there spread, like those hosts of four-petaled flowers we used to call bluets, which grew in such abundance among rarer violets or wild strawberry -- there spread through Ruth's awakened nature a thousand and one little kindly impulses that had to do with smiles for servants, kind words for old people, and courtesy to clerks in shops.

    The Fifth Wheel A Novel

  • The four-petaled flowers, -- the cross-bearers, -- were never poisonous, and many of them, as mustard and cabbage, were valuable for food or medicine.

    Masters of the Guild

  • But their calices are five-sepaled, falling into divisions of two and three; and the flowers, though essentially four-petaled, may divide either the upper or lower petal, or both, into two lobes, and so present a six-lobed outline.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers

  • While awaiting the slow progress of the carts through the mud I found a most curious new genus allied to Correa, with the habit of C. speciosa, and with long tubular four-petaled green flowers.

    Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Volume 2


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