pistil

noun
pis·til | \ ˈpi-stᵊl \

Definition of pistil 

: a single carpel or group of fused carpels usually differentiated into an ovary, style, and stigma — see flower illustration

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This transfers pollen from the male reproductive organs, called anthers, to the pistils, where pollination commences. Matt Simon, WIRED, "This Robotic Pollinator Is Like a Huge Bee With Wheels and an Arm," 23 May 2018 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Asparagus," 6 Mar. 2017 What moves at the center of their gas hearts, delicate as a pistil? David Roderick, San Francisco Chronicle, "State Lines: California poetry: Lisa Rosenberg’s ‘The Satellite Sky’," 29 Mar. 2018 There are a few excellent prints here of Mr. Araki’s densely colored floral photographs — which, in contrast to Robert Mapplethorpe’s elegant still lifes of tulips and calla lilies, take a licentious up-close view of pistils and stamens. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Maverick of Japanese Photography, Bound Tight to Ritual," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pistil

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pistil

New Latin pistillum, from Latin, pestle — more at pestle

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The first known use of pistil was in 1728

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pistil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pistil

botany : the long central part of a flower that extends from the ovary

pistil

noun
pis·til | \ ˈpi-stᵊl \

Kids Definition of pistil

: the part in the center of a flower that is made up of the stigma, style, and ovary and produces the seed

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