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perianth

[per-ee-anth] /ˈpɛr iˌænθ/
noun, Botany
1.
the envelope of a flower, whether calyx or corolla or both.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; earlier perianthium < New Latin. See peri-, anth-, -ium
Related forms
perianthial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for perianths'

perianth

/ˈpɛrɪˌænθ/
noun
1.
the outer part of a flower, consisting of the calyx and corolla
Word Origin
C18: from French périanthe, from New Latin, from peri- + Greek anthos flower
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Word Origin and History for perianths'

perianth

n.

"envelope of a flower," 1706, from French périanthe, from Modern Latin perianthium (17c.), literally "that which is round the flower," from peri- (see peri-) + Greek anthos "flower" (see anther).

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perianths' in Science
perianth
  (pěr'ē-ānth')   
The sepals and petals of a flower considered together.
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