from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A division of the perianth of a flower having a virtually indistinguishable calyx and corolla, as in tulips and lilies.
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- n. One of the component parts of the perianth, the outermost whorls of flower parts, especially when the perianth is not divided into two whorls of unequal appearance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A division of a perianth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, an individual segment of a perianth, whether sepal or petal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an undifferentiated part of a perianth that cannot be distinguished as a sepal or a petal (as in lilies and tulips)
The ancestral state in other characters is equivocal: e.g., bisexual vs. unisexual flowers, whorled vs. spiral floral phyllotaxis, presence vs. absence of tepal differentiation, anatropous vs. orthotropous ovules.
Uaxac ahau; paxci chakanputun; oxlahunkal hab cu tepal chacanputun tumen Ytza [139-1] unincob; ca talob u tzaclob yotochob tucaten; ca u zatahob be chakanputun; lay u katunil [139-2] biciob ahYtzaob yalan che, yalan haban, yalan ak ti numyaob.
Hun ahau; lahunkal hab cu tepal chicħen Ytza, ca paxi ca binob t cahtal chakanputun ti yanhi yotochob ahYtzaob kuyan uinicobi.
The expression _multepal_, from _mul_, to do an act jointly, or in common, and _tepal_, to govern, is interesting as showing that the government of the country in its golden days of prosperity was not one of an autocratic monarch, but a league or confederation of the principal chiefs of the peninsula.