Meaning of “carpel” in the English Dictionary


"carpel" in English

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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. 

(Definition of “carpel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)