Definition of Pistil

1. Noun. The female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma.

Group relationships: Bloom, Blossom, Flower
Generic synonyms: Reproductive Structure
Specialized synonyms: Simple Pistil, Compound Pistil, Pistillode, Carpel
Terms within: Style



Definition of Pistil

1. n. The seed-bearing organ of a flower. It consists of an ovary, containing the ovules or rudimentary seeds, and a stigma, which is commonly raised on an elongated portion called a style. When composed of one carpel a pistil is simple; when composed of several, it is compound. See Illust. of Flower, and Ovary.

Definition of Pistil

1. Noun. (botany) A discrete organ in the center of a flower capable of receiving pollen and producing a fruit, it is divided into an ovary, style and stigma. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pistil

1. the seed-bearing organ of flowering plants [n -S]

Medical Definition of Pistil

1. The unit of female reproduction of a flower, may be comprised of a single carpel or two or more carpels united. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pistil

pistachios
pistacia
pistacias
pistacite
pistacites
pistareen
pistareens
pistazite
pistazites
piste
pistes
pistia
pistic
pistick
pisticks
pistil (current term)
pistillaceous
pistillate
pistillation
pistillidia
pistillidium
pistilliferous
pistillode
pistillody
pistils
pistle
pistles
pistol
pistol-shot femoral sound
pistol-shot sound

Literary usage of Pistil

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Introduction to Structural and Systematic Botany and Vegetable Physiology by Asa Gray (1866)
"A simple pistil, accordingly, can have only one placenta ; but that is structurally double. 545. So a single pistil can have only one style and one .stigma. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: “a” Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The pistil or gynoecium occupies the centre or apex of the flower, and is surrounded ... The pistil consists of one or more modified leaves, thc carpels (or ..."

3. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools by Asa Gray (1887)
"A simple pistil is a carpel. Each component flower-leaf of a compound pistil is likewise a ... There may be only a single simple pistil to the flower, ..."

4. Gray's School and Field Book of Botany: Consisting of "Lessons in Botany by Asa Gray (1887)
"It came into use in the first place for such flowers as those of Crown Imperial, or Lily, in which the pistil in the centre was likened to the pestle, ..."

5. Trees: A Handbook of Forest-botany for the Woodlands and the Laboratory by Harry Marshall Ward, Percy Groom (1905)
"Placentation—Open and closed carpels—Naked and boxed-in Ovules—Gymnosperms and Angiosperms—Apocarpous and Syncarpous pistil— ..."

6. Structural Botany: Or Organography on the Basis of Morphology. To which is by Asa Gray (1879)
"As the placenta of a simple pistil belongs to the two united margins of the ... The ovary of a simple pistil should-be unilocular, that is, should have a ..."

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