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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek πέταλον (pétalon), from πέταλος (pétalos, broad, flat).

PronunciationEdit

  • enPR: pĕt'(ə)l, IPA(key): /ˈpɛt(ə)l/
    (US) IPA(key): /ˈpɛtl̩/, [ˈpʰɛɾl̩]
  • Rhymes: -ɛt(ə)l
  • Homophones: peddle, pedal (in some dialects, including many US ones)
  • Hyphenation: pet‧al

NounEdit

 
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petal (plural petals)

  1. (botany) one of the component parts of the corolla of a flower, when this consists of separate parts, that is it is not fused. Petals are often brightly colored.
  2. Term of endearment.
    • 2011, Jo Baker, The Picture Book
      She is freezing cold. Sputtering. Big eyes wide and wet and red. Too shocked even to cry. 'It's okay, petal, it's okay.'

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