One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the segments of the corolla of a flower, which are modified leaves and are typically colored.
- ‘In several species the flowers never close, as the petals abscise when the flower is still open.’
- ‘The groom's brother douses the newlyweds with flower petals at the end of the ceremony.’
- ‘Within a given species it is possible to predict exactly when a bud will open and how rapidly the petals will senesce.’
- ‘Flower petals were thrown from the rooftops and everyone cheered for the soldiers.’
- ‘The inner petals of each flower are tall and thin, held above and around the stamens like a crown.’
- ‘You just need a couple of roses, which give about ten petals per flower.’
- ‘The differentiated epidermal cells toward the base of the petal are large and elongated, having extremely large nuclei.’
- ‘In the flower type with attractive petals, the insects are trapped almost immediately.’
- ‘The blossoms vary in shape from simple open bowls to flowers with exquisitely recurved petals.’
- ‘Next to one of the trees was a flower with blue petals and a yellow stem and leaves.’
- ‘A floral meristem gives rise in sequence to sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels.’
- ‘They accepted the obeisance when temple priests showered flower petals on them.’
- ‘Even the number of petals on a flower can change after leaf removal.’
- ‘Its yellow flowers with sharply reflexed petals have many black speckles.’
- ‘Inside, bright streamers dangled form the ceiling as flower petals decorated the floor.’
- ‘Closed flowers were stripped of sepals, petals and anthers just prior to stigma maturity.’
- ‘The two adaxial sepals are formed in succession, and the two abaxial petals become visible.’
- ‘Beside the stream she found a patch of flowers with silvery green leaves and golden petals.’
- ‘In these flowers, the anthers are attached to the petals by short filaments half way down the corolla tube.’
- ‘The cremated remains will be scattered over the open sea along with flower petals.’
Early 18th century: from modern Latin petalum (in late Latin ‘metal plate’), from Greek petalon ‘leaf’, neuter (used as a noun) of petalos ‘outspread’.
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