Definition of pistil in English:


Line breaks: pis¦til
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪstɪl


  • The female organs of a flower, comprising the stigma, style, and ovary.
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    • Five pistils were dissected from flowers and the stigmas and styles were mounted on aluminium stubs using carbon paste.
    • Most of the flowers have a pistil longer than the anthers.
    • In addition, there was a negative correlation between the number of stamens and the number of pistils within female flowers.


early 18th century: from French pistile or Latin pistillum 'pestle'.

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