corolla

Part of speech: noun

The inner circle or set of leaves of a flower.

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Usage examples "corolla":

  1. I recalled their singular shape, and the two outstretched stamens protruding from their gaping corolla, and could distinctly see them as I sat in the carriage. - "My Studio Neighbors", William Hamilton Gibson.
  2. This body is a hair of a Bee who makes a thousand rapid journeys, now diving into her narrow galleries, now forcing her way down the tight throat of a corolla, and who never rests except to brush herself with her feet and remove the specks of dust collected by the down which covers her. - "The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles", Jean Henri Fabre.
  3. There is no doubt that all these parts arose from modifications of the leaves or stems of the primitive plant; though whether the bright leaves of the corolla are directly derived from ordinary leaves, or are enlarged and flattened stamens, has been disputed. - "The Story of Evolution", Joseph McCabe.