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- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)pəl
carpel (plural carpels)
- 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.
structural unit of a pistil
- "carpel." The American Heritage® Science Dictionary. Houghton Mifflin Company. 23 Feb. 2007. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/carpel>.