AskDefine | Define perianth

Dictionary Definition

perianth n : collective term for the outer parts of a flower consisting of the calyx and corolla and enclosing the stamens and pistils [syn: chlamys, floral envelope, perigone, perigonium]

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From Greek peri- (around) + Greek anthos (flower).


  1. The sterile parts of a flower; collectively, the sepals and petals (or tepals).
  2. The sterile, tubelike tissue that surrounds the female reproductive structure in a leafy liverwort.


sterile parts of a flower
  • Spanish: periantio

Extensive Definition

The term perianth has two similar but separate meanings in botany:
perianth in Catalan: Periant
perianth in Czech: Květní obal
perianth in German: Blütenhülle
perianth in Spanish: Perianto
perianth in Esperanto: Perianto
perianth in French: Périanthe
perianth in Polish: Okwiat
perianth in Portuguese: Perianto
perianth in Chinese: 花被
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