petal

[pet-l]
noun
one of the often colored segments of the corolla of a flower.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Neo-Latin petalum petal, Latin: metal plate < Greek pétalon a thin plate, leaf, noun use of neuter of pétalos spread out, akin to petannýnai to be open, Latin patēre to stand open (see patent)

petalage, noun
petaled, petalled, adjective
petalless, adjective
petallike, adjective
unpetaled, adjective
unpetalled, adjective

pedal, peddle, petal.
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-petal

a combining form meaning “seeking, moving toward” that specified by the initial element, used in the formation of compound words: acropetal.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin -pet(us) seeking, derivative of Latin petere to seek + -al1

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petal (ˈpɛtəl)
 
n
any of the separate parts of the corolla of a flower: often brightly coloured
 
[C18: from New Latin petalum, from Greek petalon leaf; related to petannunai to lie open]
 
'petaline
 
adj
 
'petal-like
 
adj
 
'petalled
 
adj

-petal
 
adj combining form
seeking: centripetal
 
[from New Latin -petus, from Latin petere to seek]

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petal
1726, from Mod.L. petalum "petal" (1649), from Gk. petalon "leaf, thin plate," originally neut. of adj. petalos "outspread, broad, flat," from PIE base *pet- "to spread out."
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-petal suff.
Moving toward: basipetal.

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petal   (pět'l)  Pronunciation Key 
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.
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Example sentences
The kitchen put out similarly impeccable dishes-no radish petal out of place,
  no crouton unevenly browned.
Every orchid has a petal modified for pollination, some theatrically so.
Witness a mantis disguised as a flower petal lure its prey to doom.
Many orchids have an oversized petal, or lip, that offers a landing pad for
  flying insects.
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