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pistil

[pis-tl] /ˈpɪs tl/
noun, Botany
1.
the ovule-bearing or seed-bearing female organ of a flower, consisting when complete of ovary, style, and stigma.
2.
such organs collectively, where there are more than one in a flower.
3.
a gynoecium.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; earlier pistillum, special use of Latin pistillum pestle
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Examples for pistil
  • 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.
  • The contracted portion of the pistil between the ovary and the stigma.
British Dictionary definitions for pistil

pistil

/ˈpɪstɪl/
noun
1.
the female reproductive part of a flower, consisting of one or more separate or fused carpels; gynoecium
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pistillumpestle
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Word Origin and History for pistil
pistil
"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 in Science
pistil
  (pĭs'təl)   
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 in Culture
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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