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sepal

[see-puh l] /ˈsi pəl/
noun, Botany
1.
one of the individual leaves or parts of the calyx of a flower.
Origin
< Neo-Latin sepalum (1790), irregular coinage based on Greek sképē covering and Latin petalum petal
Related forms
sepaled, sepalled, adjective
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Examples from the web for sepals
  • The first basic thing is that they all have three sepals and three petals.
  • Referring to the position of the ovary when it is below the point of attachment of the sepals and petals.
  • When they bloom, the stamens grow up between and above the sepals to release pale yellow pollen.
  • The upper two petals are shorter and broader than the sepals.
  • Fruit infections appear to result from expansion of lesions on the sepals and peduncle.
British Dictionary definitions for sepals

sepal

/ˈsɛpəl/
noun
1.
any of the separate parts of the calyx of a flower
Derived Forms
sepalled, sepalous (ˈsɛpələs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin sepalum: sep-, from Greek skepē a covering + -alum, from New Latin petalumpetal
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Word Origin and History for sepals

sepal

n.

"leaf of the calyx," 1821, from French sépal, from Modern Latin sepalum (H.J. de Necker, 1790), coined from Latin separatus "separate, distinct" (see separate (v.)) + petalum "petal" (see petal).

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sepals in Science
sepal
  (sē'pəl)   
One of the usually separate, green parts that surround and protect the flower bud and extend from the base of a flower after it has opened. Sepals tend to occur in the same number as the petals and to be centered over the petal divisions. In some species sepals are colored like petals, and they can even be indistinguishable from petals, as in the lilies (in what are called tepals). In some groups, such as the poppies, the sepals fall off after the flower bud opens. See more at flower.
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