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se·pal

 (sē′pəl)
n.
One of the usually green leaflike structures composing the outermost part of a flower. Sepals often enclose and protect the bud and may remain after the fruit forms.

[New Latin sepalum, perhaps blend of Greek skepē, covering and Latin petalum, petal; see petal.]

sep′a·line (sĕp′ə-lĭn), sep′a·lous (-ləs) adj.

sepal

(ˈsɛpəl)
n
(Botany) any of the separate parts of the calyx of a flower
[C19: from New Latin sepalum: sep-, from Greek skepē a covering + -alum, from New Latin petalum petal]
ˈsepalled, sepalous adj

se•pal

(ˈsi pəl)

n.
one of the individual leaves or parts of the calyx of a flower.
[< New Latin sepalum (1790)]
se′paled, se′palled, adj.

se·pal

(sē′pəl)
One of the separate, usually green parts extending from the base of a flower. Sepals look like small leaves, though in some plants they are colored like petals. As a group, they form the calyx, which surrounds and protects the flower bud. In some flowers, such as the poppies, the sepals fall off after the flower bud opens. See more at flower.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sepal - one of the green parts that form the calyx of a flowersepal - one of the green parts that form the calyx of a flower
floral leaf - a modified leaf that is part of a flower
calyx - (botany) the whorl of sepals of a flower collectively forming the outer floral envelope or layer of the perianth enclosing and supporting the developing bud; usually green
Translations

sepal

[ˈsepəl] Nsépalo m

sepal

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sepal

[ˈsɛpəl] nsepalo
References in classic literature ?
It is familiar to almost every one, that in a flower the relative position of the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils, as well as their intimate structure, are intelligible on the view that they consist of metamorphosed leaves, arranged in a spire.
Why should the sepals, petals, stamens, and pistils in any individual flower, though fitted for such widely different purposes, be all constructed on the same pattern?
5 mm 3-8 mm dichasial peduncle Calyx, corolla 4 or 5 5 and androecium merosity Sepal margins erose entire Samara two-celled, one-seeded, one-celled, one-seeded, 16-19 x 5-6 mm, 20-28 x 7.
Calyx asymmetrical, sepals free, unequal, lanceolate, 1.
These flowers contain 5 sepals which are triangular and flat, 5 tiny, separated petals, and 5 stamens.
The petals and dorsal sepal of the pale-mauve Vanda hybrid expressed a light violet color.
The famous Swedish taxonomist Carl Linnaeus gave the plant the genus name "trillium" (from the Latin prefix "tri," meaning three) because it has three of each of the following: leaf, sepal, flower petal, cells of the ovary, and ribs of the berries.
Staminate flowers light yellow when fresh; sepals 3, ovate, 1 mm long, connate for 1/2 their length, lobes reaching 1/2 to the total height of the corolla tube; petals 3, ovate-acuminate, 4-7 mm long, including a 1 mm long acumen, connate up to 1-1,5 mm (1/6-1/4 of their length); stamens 12-15, 1-3 opposite each sepal and 2-3 opposite each petal, filaments 1-1,5 mm long, anther 2-2,2 mm long, round at apex; pollen elliptical, monosulcate, tectate, 25,65 [+ or -] 1,01 um diam, exine reticulate, exine thickness 0,52 [+ or -] 0,10 um, with reticule aperture 0,75 [+ or -] 0,43 um diam, reticule width 0,48 [+ or -] 0,06 um; pistillode trimerous, minute.
Vaast Bin--1 } 181: the supplanter / } that I was in this power / coxcomber, in the opening of the forest / a movement--in the arcing beams of starheadlights / serrating the indices of black night / O'd sepal parting struumm'd in tuenns / in the dark milk of axionic piors / the shutter thrusts open / seeping into the eyes of the bin / beings, tongue-trilled- / with all instruments denoted".
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