petal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n petal part of the perianth that is usually brightly colored
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name "cranberry" comes from German and Dutch settlers. The berry was intially called "crane berry." The reason it was called this was because when the flowers bloom, the petals of the flowers twist backwards and look very much like the head of a crane. Eventually the name was shortened down to be "cranberry."
    • Petal (Zoöl) One of the expanded ambulacra which form a rosette on the black of certain Echini.
    • Petal (Bot) One of the leaves of the corolla, or the colored leaves of a flower. See Corolla, and Illust. of Flower.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The International Checkers Hall Of Fame is in Petal.
    • n petal In botany, a corollaleaf; one of the individual parts of a corolla in which they are distinct.
    • n petal In zoology, a petaloid ambulacrum, as that of a spatangoid or clypeastroid sea-urchin. See cuts under ambulacrum and petalostichous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Petal pet′al a flower-leaf: a corolla leaf
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Quotations

  • Susan Coolidge
    Susan Coolidge
    “Slow buds the pink dawn like a rose From out night's gray and cloudy sheath; Softly and still it grows and grows, Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.”
  • William Carlos Williams
    William Carlos Williams
    “It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.”
  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a leaf, a leaf or plate of metal, fr. outspread, broad, flat: cf. F. pétale,. See Fathom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. petalon, a leaf.

Usage

In literature:

The inside petals may be of a darker shade than the outside petals.
"Make Your Own Hats" by Gene Allen Martin
The petals were folded closely together, but it looked like a tulip.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
Here and there a rose scattered its petals on the breeze.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
The flowers usually open but once, and the petals shrivel up as the flower fades.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Flower with petals removed.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
The second is the flower, as the May, and the horse-chestnut bloom, whose petals cover the ground.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
The 4th petal to be worked like the 3rd; the 5th like the 1st.
"Encyclopedia of Needlework" by Thérèse de Dillmont
Soft, fragrant flower-petals deluged us.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Also a sub-variety of the Tall Nasturtium, with orange-yellow flowers; each of the petals being stained or spotted with purple.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
One end flared out into a petal-like formation.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
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In poetry:

And when they drooped, did she not sigh
And kiss their petals fair,
Thinking, "Alas, ye too must die
And in our sorrow share"?
"Eve's Flowers" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Summer petals softly strewn
Tell his song till hours grow fonder;
On he goes, and strange dreams wander
In his wake till, burning yonder.
"The Flight Of Puck" by E J Rupert Atkinson
Menalcas.
"Say in what country grow such flowers as bear
The names of kings upon their petals writ,
And you shall have fair Phyllis for your own."
"Eclogue III " by Virgil
So one was taken. But the three,
They spread their petals just the same,
They turned no decent pale for grief,
They drew no fragrance back for shame.
"The Four Roses" by John Crowe Ransom
There's rosemary in Love's garden,
But that remembrance brings.
There are roses red, in a hidden bed,
With petals curved like wings.
Red petals like Love's wings.
"At The Gate" by Ethel Clifford
You call it sundew: how it grows,
If with its colour it have breath,
If life taste sweet to it, if death
Pain its soft petal, no man knows:
Man has no sight or sense that saith.
"The Sundew" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Clips from the Meridian vs Petal football game.
Petals & Plants is open to the public from 9 am to 3 pm every school day throughout the year.
Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd star in 'The Crimson Petal and the White,' new on DVD.
View full size "The Crimson Petal and the White".
"The Crimson Petal and the White".
Romola Garai plucks period piece with 'Crimson Petal '.
The Crimson Petal and the White.
Romola Garai stars in "The Crimson Petal and the White" on Encore Sept 10.
Petal -pushers rise to the occasion.
A Petal Patch Florist Inc. 202 N Miller St, Sparta, IL 62286.
The petals must be clean and pesticide-free.
Valentine's Day florists push to last petal .
Valentine's Day florists push to last petal .
Petal and Leaf will bloom no more.
Throne of the void in the hundred petal lotus.
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In science:

In a general graph, there does not exist such a petal.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
By this way we can construct two virtual petals, either a −→ b −→ a or b −→ a −→ b.
Coassociativity breaking and oriented graphs
Hence by Lemma 2.7 (ii) each V ( s) is single-petaled as a ‘K-type’ of the adjoint group of gss (α).
Generalization of Harish-Chandra's basic theorem for Riemannian symmetric spaces of non-compact type
The number of quasi-single-petaled K -types is finite.
Generalization of Harish-Chandra's basic theorem for Riemannian symmetric spaces of non-compact type
Corollary 5.2. A single-petaled U -type (σ, V ) is nothing but an irreducible small representation of G in the sense of [Br].
Generalization of Harish-Chandra's basic theorem for Riemannian symmetric spaces of non-compact type
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