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See also: rose-petal and rose petal



  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹoʊz pɛt(ə)l/, /ɹoʊz.pɛt(ə)l/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹəʊz pɛt(ə)l/, /ɹəʊz.pɛt(ə)l/


rosepetal (plural rosepetals)

  1. Alternative spelling of rose petal
    • 1978, Alfred F. Rosa, The Old century and the new: essays in honor of Charles Angoff, page 122:
      With much fuss and kindness they brought me coffee and candied rosepetal jam — delicious indeed.
    • 2003, in the Collector's Guide, volume 17, number 1, page 63:
      A gallery opening in Albuquerque's Nob Hill or Santa Fe's Canyon Road, leading to some rosepetal-dusted squab enchiladas for dinner, followed by dancing to Middle Eastern techno-fusion music, capped off by coffee and poetry []
    • 2007, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Threshold:
      [] presses herself scrapbook rosepetal flat against the old bricks and mortar as far as the wall runs.



  1. As soft, delicate or (red- or pink-) coloured as the petal of a rose.
    • sometime 1900-1963, William Carlos Williams, A Struggle, printed in The lost works of William Carlos Williams by Robert J. Cirasa, page 55:
      [] lonely cock atop iron girders wears rosepetal smile []
    • 1995, Patricia Bosworth, Diane Arbus: a biography, page 314:
      Today Greer says her first impression of Diane was of "a rosepetal-soft, delicate little girl. [] "
    • 1998, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices:
      [] and a foot in a gold sandal steps down. Soft and arched and almost white. Rosepetal toes curling in disdain away from what lines the street, wadded paper, rotting peels, dog shit, shucked-off condoms thrown from the back windows of cars.
    • 2011, Catherine George, No More Secrets:
      Small hands flailed, the downy head turned from one side to another and suddenly the rosepetal mouth opened and Emily let out a wail.