• WordNet 3.6
    • n pistil the female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pistil An epistle.
    • n Pistil (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pistil In botany, the female or seed-bearing organ of a flower. A complete pistil consists of three parts, ovary, style, and stigma. The ovary is the hollow part at the base which contains the ovules, or bodies destined to become seeds. The style is simply a prolongation of the ovary, and may sometimes be entirely-wanting. The stigma is a part of the surface of the pistil denuded of epidermis, upon which the pollen for fertilizing the ovules is received, and through which it acts upon them. The form of the stigma is very various in different plants, being sometimes a mere knob or point at the apex of the style, a line, or double line, or of various shapes. There are usually several pistils, or at least more than one pistil, in each flower; collectively they are termed the gynœcium. See also cuts under anticous, Lemna, lily, madder, Oxalis, and pitcher-plant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pistil pis′til (bot.) the female organ in the centre of a flower, consisting of three parts—ovary, style, and stigma
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pistillum, pistillus, a pestle: cf. F. pistil,. See Pestle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. pistillum, a pestle.


In literature:

The wonderful mystery of life is wrapped in one flower, with its stamens, pistils and ovaries.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The flowers of grasses are reduced to their essential organs, the stamens and the pistil.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
They have developed from the pistillate parent only.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting" by Various
Did you ever fire a pistil, Fanny?
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
The stamens and pistils of flowers answer the different organs of the two sexes in animals.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Examine flowers of different ages and trace the change from the minute pistil to the pod.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Ovary, style, and stigma together make the pistil.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
Pistillate flowers are single or verticillate.
"The Genus Pinus" by George Russell Shaw
The stamens and pistil are so arranged that smaller species would not effect the object.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
Wid de pistils, de musket, and de b'ilin' water we'll fight 'em!
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin

In poetry:

Then gray-haired pappus, downy, soft,
Follows with pistils loose,
And the gosling of the early spring
Becomes a white-fledged goose.
"The Dandelion" by Jared Barhite

In news:

That's what brings Pete Hixson to the Pistil office and warehouse at 5 a.m.