petal

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Wild Rose with its typical five petals. Behind, on the right, a similar rose flower has shed its five petals, showing its five sepals persisting around the withered stamens

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From Ancient Greek πέταλον (pétalon), from πέταλος (pétalos, broad, flat), from Proto-Indo-European *peth₂- (to spread out), whence Latin pandō and Proto-Germanic *faþmaz (embrace) (English fathom).

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petal (plural petals)

  1. (botany) One of the component parts of the corolla of a flower. It applies particularly, but not necessarily only, when the corolla consists of separate parts, that is when the petals are not connately 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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