noun Botany.
the ovule-bearing or seed-bearing female organ of a flower, consisting when complete of ovary, style, and stigma. See diag. under flower.
such organs collectively, where there are more than one in a flower.
a gynoecium.

1570–80; earlier pistillum, special use of Latin pistillum pestle

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pistil (ˈpɪstɪl)
the female reproductive part of a flower, consisting of one or more separate or fused carpels; gynoecium
[C18: from Latin pistillumpestle]

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Word Origin & History

"female organ of a flower," 1718, from Fr. pistil, from Mod.L. pistillum "a pistil," so called from resemblance to a pestle, from L. pistillum "pestle" (see pestle).
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pistil  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (pĭs'təl)  Pronunciation Key 
One of the female reproductive organs of a flower, consisting of a single carpel or of several carpels fused together. A flower may have one pistil or more than one, though some flowers lack pistils and bear only the male reproductive organs known as stamens. See more at carpel, flower.

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pistil [(pis-tuhl)]

The female part of a plant. In flowering plants, it is at the center of the flower. When fertilized with pollen, the pistil develops into fruit.

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Example sentences
In the middle of the flower there is a part called the pistil which contains
  the seeds.
At the base of the pistil is the ovary which holds the ovules.
From a botanical standpoint, a fruit is a mature, seed-containing pistil.
Each vase is filled with a bunch of stamens from which projects a typical
  pistil that bears a tiny seed pod on its tip.
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