- 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.
Origin of pistil
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At the centre is the pistil, one or more, which forms the ultimate fruit.
The pistil is divided into three parts, ovary, style, and stigma.
The pistil is generally divisible into the ovary or germen, the style and the stigma.On the Origin of Species
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.
- the female reproductive part of a flower, consisting of one or more separate or fused carpels; gynoecium
Word Origin 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.
- 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.