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sepal

Syllabification: se·pal
Pronunciation: /ˈsēpəl/

Definition of sepal in English:

noun

Botany
Each of the parts of the calyx of a flower, enclosing the petals and typically green and leaflike.
Example sentences
  • Roots, stems, leaves, sepals, petals, stamens, stigmas/styles, ovaries, and seeds were collected and frozen in liquid nitrogen.
  • The formation of organs in the four whorls of a typical eudicotyledonous flower, consisting of sepals, petals, stamens, and carpels, requires many genes for proper organ and tissue development.
  • The cocoa flower has five free sepals, five free petals, five staminodes, five stamens and an ovary of five united carpels.

Origin

early 19th century: from French sépale, modern Latin sepalum, from Greek skepē 'covering', influenced by French pétale 'petal'.

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