carpel

[ kahr-puh l ]
/ ˈkɑr pəl /
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noun Botany.

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

Nearby words

  1. carpathians,
  2. carpatho-ukraine,
  3. carpe diem,
  4. carpeaux,
  5. carpectomy,
  6. carpellary,
  7. carpellate,
  8. carpentaria,
  9. carpentaria, gulf of,
  10. carpenter

Origin of carpel

1810–20; < New Latin carpellum, equivalent to Greek karp(ós) fruit + Latin -ellum diminutive suffix

Related formscar·pel·lar·y [kahr-puh-ler-ee] /ˈkɑr pəˌlɛr i/, adjectivein·ter·car·pel·lar·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for carpel

carpel

/ (ˈkɑːpəl) /

noun

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
Derived Formscarpellary, adjectivecarpellate (ˈkɑːpɪˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for carpel

C19: from New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit

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Word Origin and History for carpel

carpel

n.

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.)).

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Science definitions for carpel

carpel

[ kärpəl ]

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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