Word : corolla
noun: The petals of a flower as a group.
From Latin corolla (little garland), diminutive of corona (wreath, crown, garland), from Greek korone (crown, anything curved). Ultimately from the Indo-European root sker- (to turn or bend), which is also the source of other words such as ranch, rank, shrink, circle, crisp, search, ring, curb, ridge, and curve. Earliest documented use: 1671.
“‘Some plants shelter their pollen grains through a change in floral orientation or closing their corolla on rainy days,’ explains Shuang-Quan Huang.”
Matt Walker; Raindrops Drive Flower Evolution; BBC News (London, UK); Aug 6, 2009.
“The radiographer angled the screen towards me so that I could see the corolla of dark tumours spiralling through my br east.”
Sarah Gabriel; My Cancer Heartbreak; Daily Mail (London, UK); Nov 3, 2009.
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