carpelnoun [ C ]uk /ˈkɑː.pel/ us /ˈkɑːr.pel/ specialized
Examples from literature
- In both cases the carpels are completely united, forming a single, compound pistil.
- In this family the carpels, instead of being separate, are united into a large compound pistil.
- The flowers are usually five-parted with from five to thirty stamens, and usually numerous, distinct carpels.
- The flowers usually have a calyx, and may have only stamens or carpels, or both.
- To the organ so formed the name "pistil" is usually applied, and this is known as "simple" or "compound," as it is composed of one or of two or more carpels.