PE'TAL, n. [Gr. to expand; L. pateo.] In botany, a flower leaf. In flowers of one petal, the corol and petal are the same. In flowers of several petals, the corol is the whole,and the petals are the parts, or the petal is one of the leaves of which the whole corol is composed.
PET'AL, n. [Fr. petale; Gr. πεταλον, from πεταω, to expand, L. pateo. Class Bd, No. 65, &c.]
In botany, a flower leaf; the separate parts of a corol. When a corol consists of but one piece, it is said to be monopetalous, when of two pieces, dipetalous, &c.
- One of the leaves of the corolla, or the colored
leaves of a flower. See Corolla, and Illust. of
- One of the expanded
ambulacra which form a rosette on the black of certain