pistil

noun
pis·​til | \ ˈpi-stᵊl How to pronounce pistil (audio) \

Definition of pistil

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

Examples of pistil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pistil of one flower is replaced by the lion's eye. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 The Rose Mantique necklace is a naturalistic expression featuring gold branches dusted with diamonds, colorful petals in garnets, amethysts, rhodolite, and Paraiba tourmalines, and a blue Myanmar sapphire pistil. Jill N Newman, Town & Country, 9 July 2021 When the pollen from one tree’s flower meets the pistil of the flower of another, a small miracle of creation occurs. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 8 June 2020 Wash and shell the broad beans, clean the zucchini blossoms and remove the pistil, and wash and mince the wild fennel. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 6 Apr. 2020 Martinez uses natural materials — bee pollen for yellow and tar for the pistils in paintings of sunflowers — to mix his own pigments. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, 26 Feb. 2020 The bee travels to the next flower in search of more nectar, some of the pollen rubs off onto the flower’s pistil, or female reproductive organ, and fertilization can take place. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2019 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2018 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, 19 Aug. 2018 See More

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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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“Pistil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistil. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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pistil

noun
pis·​til | \ ˈpi-stᵊl How to pronounce pistil (audio) \

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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