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 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, "How Apples Go Bad," 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, "18 Italian Hotel Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes to Help You Get a Taste of Italy at Home," 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, "Here’s a guide to San Antonio’s 2020 Contemporary Art Month," 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, "Talking about the bats and the bees: Pollination is a theme this summer at Chicago Botanic Garden," 23 July 2019 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 Female flowers have well-developed, three-lobed pistils; male blossoms are larger and longer than female flowers. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistil. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for pistil

pistil

noun
How to pronounce pistil (audio)

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 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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