Definition of carpel in English:

carpel

Syllabification: car·pel
Pronunciation: /ˈkärpəl
 
/

noun

Botany
  • The female reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of an ovary, a stigma, and usually a style. It may occur singly or as one of a group.
    More example sentences
    • The terminal female flowers consist of two or three carpels and no other organs.
    • Unisexual flowers with three white petals produce numerous stamens or carpels and both present floral nectar.
    • In the center of a typical flower are the carpels, modified leaves which enclose the ovules.

Derivatives

carpellary

Pronunciation: /-ˌlerē/
adjective
More example sentences
  • Moreover, newer technologies for peeling and sectioning grapefruit yield whole segments, with carpellary membranes largely intact.

Origin

mid 19th century: from French carpelle or modern Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos 'fruit'.

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