[pis-tl] /ˈpɪs tl/

noun, Botany.
the ovule-bearing or seed-bearing female organ of a flower, consisting when complete of ovary, style, and stigma.
such organs collectively, where there are more than one in a flower.
a gynoecium.
the female reproductive part of a flower, consisting of one or more separate or fused carpels; gynoecium

“female organ of a flower,” 1718, from French pistil, from Modern Latin pistillum “a pistil,” so called from resemblance to a pestle, from Latin pistillum “pestle” (see pestle). Related: Pistillary; pistillaceous; pistillate; pistilline.
One of the female reproductive organs of a flower, consisting of a single carpel or of several carpels fused together. A flower may have one pistil or more than one, though some flowers lack pistils and bear only the male reproductive organs known as stamens. See more at carpel, flower.

pistil [(pis-tuhl)]

The female part of a plant. In flowering plants, it is at the center of the flower. When fertilized with pollen, the pistil develops into fruit.


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