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a simple pistil, or a single member of a compound pistil.
Historical Examples

If this is so the flower of the grass is perfectly naked,97 and consists in the typical case of three stamens and one carpel.
Grasses H. Marshall Ward

Hemicarp, half-fruit, one carpel of an Umbelliferous plant, 121.
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray

If the tip of the carpel is indented, it is said to be emarginate; if long and pointed, mucronate.
The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick

Mericarp, one carpel of the fruit of an Umbelliferous plant, 121.
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray

We must therefore regard the flower of the grass as typically composed of one carpel and three stamens, with no perianth whatever.
Grasses H. Marshall Ward

carpel, kr′pel, n. a modified leaf forming the whole or part of the pistil of a flower.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

Roeper has also mentioned a balsam with a supernumerary stamen occupying exactly the position of a carpel.
Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters

It is also applied to the stalk or petiole of a carpel, in the rare cases when there is any, as in Goldthread.
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray

Each13 ovary contains only one ovule, and when the seed ripens, the carpel does not open to discharge it, but drops with the seed.
Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon

Sometimes the carpel is lined on the inner surface with a white substance, when it is said to be tufted.
The Pears of New York U. P. Hedrick

the female reproductive organ of flowering plants, consisting of an ovary, style (sometimes absent), and stigma. The carpels are separate or fused to form a single pistil

1835, from Modern Latin carpellum (1817 in French), a diminutive form from Greek karpos “fruit” (also “returns, profit”), literally “that which is plucked,” from PIE root *kerp- “to gather, pluck, harvest” (see harvest (n.)).
One of the individual female reproductive organs in a flower. A carpel is composed of an ovary, a style, and a stigma, although some flowers have carpels without a distinct style. In origin, carpels are leaves (megasporophylls) that have evolved to enclose the ovules. The term pistil is sometimes used to refer to a single carpel or to several carpels fused together. See more at flower.


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