The artichokes are particularly handsome—big, healthy globes with endless meat on their petals.
Its beautiful flowers—in the wild, each bearing the symbolically charged number of five petals—bloom alongside vicious thorns.
The bust detail on his dresses often mimicked the layering of petals, for instance.
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.
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.