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noun Botany.
  1. the ovule-bearing or seed-bearing female organ of a flower, consisting when complete of ovary, style, and stigma.
  2. such organs collectively, where there are more than one in a flower.
  3. a gynoecium.
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Origin of pistil

1570–80; earlier pistillum, special use of Latin pistillum pestle
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Historical Examples

  • At the centre is the pistil, one or more, which forms the ultimate fruit.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • The pistil is divided into three parts, ovary, style, and stigma.

    My Studio Neighbors

    William Hamilton Gibson

  • The pistil is generally divisible into the ovary or germen, the style and the stigma.

  • Pistil: the part of the blossom that contains the immature seeds.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • In the broom the pistil is rubbed on the centre of the back of the bee.

British Dictionary definitions for pistil


  1. the female reproductive part of a flower, consisting of one or more separate or fused carpels; gynoecium
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin pistillum pestle
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Word Origin and History for pistil


"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.

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pistil in Science


  1. 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.
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pistil in Culture



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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