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carpel

[ kahr-puhl ]
/ ˈkɑr pəl /
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noun Botany.
a simple pistil, or a single member of a compound pistil.

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Origin of carpel

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

OTHER WORDS FROM carpel

car·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 forms of carpel

carpellary, adjectivecarpellate (ˈkɑːpɪˌleɪt), adjective

Word Origin for carpel

C19: from New Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit
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Scientific 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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