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

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Other Words from carpel

carpellary \ ˈkär-​pə-​ˌler-​ē \ adjective
carpellate \ ˈkär-​pə-​ˌlāt , -​lət \ adjective

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Fun facts: The fruits (schizocarps) of Falkia repens are dry dehiscent fruit that split into two or more separate carpels at maturity. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, "Versatile evergreen Falkia repens covers a lot of ground," 26 Jan. 2018 In some patients, the disease may be initially diagnosed incorrectly as a nerve problem in the hands or wrist (carpel tunnel syndrome), or a pinched nerve in the neck or back. Jeffrey D. Rothstein, Fortune, "Sam Shepard Died of ALS. Here’s Why It’s so Difficult to Treat.," 2 Aug. 2017 The tools are heavy enough to do serious labor but not so heavy as to give you carpel tunnel. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Wind-buffeted evergreens face bigger problem — dessication," 18 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of carpel

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carpel

New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit

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car·​pel | \ ˈkär-pəl \

Kids Definition of carpel

: 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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