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[kahr-puh l] /ˈkɑr pəl/
noun, Botany
a simple pistil, or a single member of a compound pistil.
Origin of carpel
1810-20; < New Latin carpellum, equivalent to Greek karp(ós) fruit + Latin -ellum diminutive suffix
Related forms
[kahr-puh-ler-ee] /ˈkɑr pəˌlɛr i/ (Show IPA),
intercarpellary, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for carpel


the female reproductive organ of flowering plants, consisting of an ovary, style (sometimes absent), and stigma. The carpels are separate or fused to form a single pistil
Derived Forms
carpellary, adjective
carpellate (ˈkɑːpɪˌleɪt) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit
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Word Origin and History for carpel

1835, from Modern Latin carpellum (1817 in French), a diminutive form from Greek karpos "fruit" (also "returns, profit"), literally "that which is plucked," from PIE root *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (see harvest (n.)).

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carpel in Science
One of the individual female reproductive organs in a flower. A carpel is composed of an ovary, a style, and a stigma, although some flowers have carpels without a distinct style. In origin, carpels are leaves (megasporophylls) that have evolved to enclose the ovules. The term pistil is sometimes used to refer to a single carpel or to several carpels fused together. See more at flower.
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