Origin of carpel
New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit
First Known Use: 1835
CARPEL Defined for Kids
Definition of carpel for Students
: 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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