American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The female, ovule-bearing organ of a flower, including the stigma, style, and ovary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. the female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma
- From French pistil. (Wiktionary)
- French, from New Latin pistillum, from Latin, pestle (from its shape). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The female organ is called the pistil, and it has a sticky part on the end to receive pollen called the stigma.”
“The pistil is the same as the stamina, only that it extends to a greater length: the stamina and pistil are shaded very light scarlet.”
“The stamens have ripened and been pushed off by the lengthened pistil, which is brushed by the back of the bee, and thus is pollinated.”
“Some parents teach their children at once that the pistil is the mother-part of the plant, caring for the young seeds, the stamens the father part, providing for them, and that the stamens and pistil growing in the same flower are brothers and sisters.”
“We will leave it there for a time, and examine the body called the pistil, to which the knob belongs.”
“Surrounding the pistil are the stamens, few or many, the anther at the extremity containing the powdery pollen.”
“The pistil consists of a stigma supported on the style; but in some Compositae, the male florets, which of course cannot be fecundated, have a pistil, which is in a rudimentary state, for it is not crowned with a stigma; but the style remains well developed, and is clothed with hairs as in other compositae, for the purpose of brushing the pollen out of the surrounding anthers.”
“Compositæ, the male florets, which of course cannot be fecundated, have a pistil, which is in a rudimentary state, for it is not crowned with a stigma; but the style remains well developed, and is clothed with hairs as in other compositæ, for the purpose of brushing the pollen out of the surrounding anthers.”
“Look closely and you will see coming up from the center of these five stems (stamens) one central stalk without a hat, Mother Morning-Glory, known in botany as the "pistil"; and as you follow down this pistil you will find an enlarged part at the base, which is known as the cradle-nest -- the home of the seed babies.”
“On a day in a dry summer Sheremiah's wife Catrin drove her cows to drink at the pistil which is in the field of a certain man.”
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