He only brushed a flower so lightly with his fingertips that he did not disturb as much as a petal.
The shopper bags continued the petal effect, made perhaps from extra material from a wedding dress covered in rosettes.
He lived in the small town of petal, Mississippi, across the river from Hattiesburg.
1726 (earlier petala, 1704), from Modern Latin petalum "petal" (17c.), from Greek petalon "a leaf; leaf of metal, thin plate," noun use of neuter of adj. petalos "outspread, broad, flat," from PIE root *pete- "to spread out" (see pace (n.)). Related: Petaline.
Moving toward: basipetal.
One of the often brightly colored parts of a flower surrounding the reproductive organs. Petals are attached to the receptacle underneath the carpels and stamens and may be separate or joined at their bases. As a group, the petals are called the corolla. See more at flower.