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[pis-tl-it, -eyt]
adjective Botany.
  1. having a pistil or pistils.
  2. having a pistil or pistils but no stamens.
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Origin of pistillate

First recorded in 1820–30; pistil + -ate1
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Examples from the Web for pistillate

Historical Examples

  • The pistillate flowers are in erect catkins and are arranged in pairs.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • The pistillate flowers are stalked and are also covered with hairs.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Unisexual, with staminate and pistillate flowers on different individuals.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • Unisexual, with staminate and pistillate flowers on the same individual.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • Heads few–many-flowered, radiate; the rays 1–16, pistillate.

British Dictionary definitions for pistillate


adjective (of plants)
  1. having pistils but no anthers
  2. having or producing pistils
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pistillate in Science


  1. Having pistils but no stamens. Female flowers are pistillate.
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