[tee-puhl, tep-uhl]
noun Botany.
one of the divisions of a flower perianth, especially one that is not clearly differentiated into petals and sepals, as in lilies and tulips.

< French tépale (1827), alteration of pétale petal, on the model of sépale sepal; coined by Augustin-Pierre de Candolle (1778–1841), Swiss botanist

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tepal (ˈtiːpəl, ˈtɛpəl)
any of the subdivisions of a perianth that is not clearly differentiated into calyx and corolla
[C20: from French tépale changed (on analogy with sépale sepal) from pétalepetal]

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tepal   (tē'pəl, těp'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
A division of the perianth of a flower in which the sepals and petals are indistinguishable, as in tulips and lilies.
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Example sentences
Plants produce flowers with a variety of tepal colors from reddish-purple to pink on white.
In the small epigynous species, the lowermost tepal is narrow, revolute and divaricate.
The lowermost tepal is specialized into a lip that is narrowly triangular and is strongly decurved such.
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