Carpel definition

kärpəl
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One of the structural units of a pistil, representing a modified, ovule-bearing leaf.
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A simple pistil, regarded as a single ovule-bearing leaf or modified leaflike structure.
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Any of the segments of a compound pistil, usually having a single stigma.
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One of the individual female reproductive organs in a flower. A carpel is composed of an ovary, a style, and a stigma, although some flowers have carpels without a distinct style. In origin, carpels are leaves (megasporophylls) that have evolved to enclose the ovules. The term pistil is sometimes used to refer to a single carpel or to several carpels fused together.
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One of the individual female reproductive organs in a flower. A carpel is composed of an ovary, a style, and a stigma, although some flowers have carpels without a distinct style. In origin, carpels are leaves (megasporophylls) that have evolved to enclose the ovules. The term pistil is sometimes used to refer to a single carpel or to several carpels fused together.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
carpel
Plural:
carpels

Origin of carpel

  • New Latin carpellum from Greek karpos fruit kerp- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French carpelle.

    From Wiktionary