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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)


French tépale, alteration (influenced by sépale, sepal) of pétale, petal, from New Latin petalum; see petal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French tépale, from pétale ("petal"), by transposition. (Wiktionary)



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