[pis-tl-it, -eyt]

adjective Botany.

having a pistil or pistils.
having a pistil or pistils but no stamens.

Origin of pistillate

First recorded in 1820–30; pistil + -ate1
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adjective (of plants)

having pistils but no anthers
having or producing pistils
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pistillate in Science



Having pistils but no stamens. Female flowers are pistillate.
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