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[tee-puh l, tep-uh l] /ˈti pəl, ˈtɛp əl/
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.
Origin of tepal
< French tépale (1827), alteration of pétale petal, on the model of sépale sepal; coined by Augustin-Pierre de Candolle (1778-1841), Swiss botanist Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tepal
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for tepal


/ˈtiːpəl; ˈtɛpəl/
any of the subdivisions of a perianth that is not clearly differentiated into calyx and corolla
Word Origin
C20: from French tépale changed (on analogy with sépale sepal) from pétalepetal
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tepal in Science
  (tē'pəl, těp'əl)   
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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