corolla
Pronunciation
  • (GA) IPA: /kəˈɹoʊlə/
  • (RP) IPA: /kəˈɹəʊlə/
Noun

corolla (plural corollas)

  1. (botany) An outermost-but-one whorl of a flower, composed of petals, when it is not the same in appearance as the outermost whorl (the calyx); it usually comprises the petal, which may be fused.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 125:
      Our wet fingers touched and we formed a circle like the corolla of a flower, floating into the silence of the desert dawn with the ancient sun on our bodies.
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