pistil

noun pis·til \ ˈpi-stᵊl \
|Updated on: 5 Jun 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of pistil

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


PISTIL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pistil for English Language Learners

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


PISTIL Defined for Kids

pistil

noun pis·til \ ˈpi-stᵊl \

Definition of pistil for Students

: 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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