• 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.


  • To spread out from, like the petals of a flower


  • From Ancient Greek πέταλον, from πέταλος, from Proto-Indo-European *peth₂-, whence Latin pandō and Proto-Germanic *faþmaz ("embrace") (English fathom).

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