Definition of tepal in English:


Syllabification: te·pal
Pronunciation: /ˈtēpəl, ˈtepəl


  • A segment of the outer whorl in a flower that has no differentiation between petals and sepals.
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    • However, these authors did not observe the initiation of tepals and stamens on the same whorl on individual flowers.
    • The blossoms vary in the number of thick tepals, or petals, and last only two to four days.
    • The flower closing occurs through upward movements of the tepals, which return to their bud position.


mid 19th century: from French tépale, blend of pétale 'petal' and sépal 'sepal'.

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