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carpel

noun car·pel \ˈkär-pəl\

Definition of CARPEL

:  one of the ovule-bearing structures in an angiosperm that comprises the innermost whorl of a flower — compare pistil
car·pel·lary \-pə-ˌler-ē\ adjective
car·pel·late \-ˌlāt, -lət\ adjective

Origin of CARPEL

New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit
First Known Use: 1835
CARPEL Defined for Kids

carpel

noun car·pel \ˈkär-pəl\

Definition of CARPEL for Kids

:  the female reproductive structure of a flower that encloses the ovules <The pistil of a flower can be made up of a single carpel or a group of carpels fused together.>

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