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[pis-tl-it, -eyt] /ˈpɪs tl ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
adjective, Botany
having a pistil or pistils.
having a pistil or pistils but no stamens.
Origin of pistillate
1820-30; pistil + -ate1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pistillate
  • If the staminate flower randomly floats to a pistillate flower, pollination occurs at the water's surface.
  • Bracts of the lowest pistillate spike are generally longer than the inflorescence.
  • The pistillate flowers grow on a long stalk that allows them to reach the water surface.
  • When fertilization is complete the peduncle of the pistillate flower coils up and fruit develops underwater.
  • Maqui is dioecious and therefore plants produce either staminate or pistillate flowers.
  • The small drooping greenish- yellow flowers are followed, on the pistillate plants, by small red berries.
  • Staminate and pistillate catkins appear in the spring after the first leaves.
  • Staminate and pistillate catkins appear in the spring before or with the first leaves.
  • pistillate flowers emerge in small clusters from one plant, while staminate flower clusters develop on another.
  • pistillate spikelets are in a short spike or head and included in the inflated sheaths of the upper leaves.
British Dictionary definitions for pistillate


/ˈpɪstɪlɪt; -ˌleɪt/
adjective (of plants)
having pistils but no anthers
having or producing pistils
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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pistillate in Science
Having pistils but no stamens. Female flowers are pistillate.
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