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Polypetalous, having the petals distinct, as opposed to gamopetalous (q.v.). Though among Monocotyledons this is often only a generic character - as, for instance, in distinguishing squills from hyacinths - among Dicotyledons it is of much greater systematic importance, distinguishing a whole sub-class, the Polypetalce.