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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The female reproductive organs of a flower; the pistil or pistils considered as a group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The pistil or collective pistils of a flower; the female portion of a flower as a whole: correlative to andrœcium. Also gynœcium, gynœceum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) The pistils of a flower, taken collectively. See Illust. of carpophore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany The pistils of a flower considered as a group

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a female gametoecium

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin, alteration (influenced by Greek oikos, house) of Latin gynaecēum, women's apartments, from Greek gunaikeion, from neuter of gunaikeios, of women, from gunē, gunaik-, woman; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.]

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