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[pet-l-oh-dee] /ˈpɛt lˌoʊ di/
noun, Botany
a condition in flowers, in which certain organs, as the stamens in most double flowers, assume the appearance of or become metamorphosed into petals.
Origin of petalody
1880-85; < Greek petalṓdēs leaflike (see petal, -ode1) + -y3
Related forms
[pet-l-od-ik] /ˌpɛt lˈɒd ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • petalody of the styles and median prolification are also sometimes found in association with an augmented number of stamens.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • The change is associated with petalody of the stamens and pistils.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • petalody of the connective is of less frequent occurrence than the corresponding change in the other portions of the stamen.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • For other illustrations see multiplication of whorls, petalody; see also Moquin, loc.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
British Dictionary definitions for petalody


a condition in certain plants in which stamens or other parts of the flower assume the form and function of petals
Derived Forms
petalodic (ˌpɛtəˈlɒdɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Greek petalōdēs like a leaf, from petalon leaf
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