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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A segment of the perianth of a flower in which the calyx and corolla (which make up the perianth) are nearly indistinguishable, as in tulips or lilies. The tepals are equivalent to the petals and sepals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, an individual segment of a perianth, whether sepal or petal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.), rare A division of a perianth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an undifferentiated part of a perianth that cannot be distinguished as a sepal or a petal (as in lilies and tulips)

Etymologies

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

[French tépale, alteration (influenced by sépale, sepal) of pétale, petal, from New Latin petalum; see petal.]

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From French tépale, from pétale ("petal"), by transposition.

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