car·​pel | \ ˈkär-pəl How to pronounce carpel (audio) \

Definition of carpel

: one of the ovule-bearing structures in an angiosperm that comprises the innermost whorl of a flower — compare pistil

Other Words from carpel

carpellary \ ˈkär-​pə-​ˌler-​ē How to pronounce carpel (audio) \ adjective
carpellate \ ˈkär-​pə-​ˌlāt How to pronounce carpel (audio) , -​lət \ adjective

Examples of carpel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their seeds form in the carpel, a tubular structure that sticks up from the center of a flower and matures into a pod that holds seeds—peas or beans, for example—inside. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 26 May 2021 When petals are gone, structural carpels, the center seed-bearing structure, are shown off. Johanna Silver, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Apr. 2020 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, 26 Jan. 2018

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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 How to pronounce carpel (audio) \

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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