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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n carpel a simple pistil or one element of a compound pistil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Carpel (Bot) A simple pistil or single-celled ovary or seed vessel, or one of the parts of a compound pistil, ovary, or seed vessel. See Illust of Carpaphore.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n carpel In botany, a simple pistil, or one of the several members composing a compound pistil or fruit. In its most general sense it is that organ of a plant which bears ovules. A carpel is regarded as a modified leaf; hence the term carpophyl, which has been proposed as a substitute. Also called carpid or carpidium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Carpel kär′pel a modified leaf forming the whole or part of the pistil of a flower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. carpellum, fr. Gr. karpo`s fruit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. karpos, fruit.


In literature:

Calyx of 5 spreading sepals; corolla of 5 petals; yellow stamens and carpels.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Series 3, Bicarpellatae, has generally a superior ovary and usually two carpels.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Remove the peel from four oranges and then separate the carpels and cut with a sharp scissors into pieces.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
The innermost set consists of two carpels united into a compound pistil.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
Fruit with many carpels removed.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
Disjoined carpels of orange (Maout) 75 35.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
CARPELS, variation of, in cultivated cucurbitaceae, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The parts of the flower are in fives in calyx, corolla and stamens, followed by two carpels which unite to form a superior ovary.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Opposite each carpel is a small scale which functions as a nectary.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
The ovary, of two carpels, is seated on a ring-like disk which secretes honey.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
A simple pistil is a carpel.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
When roasted or baked and dished, place carpels of oranges all around, and serve.
"Hand-Book of Practical Cookery for Ladies and Professional Cooks" by Pierre Blot
The style of a single carpel, or of each carpel of a compound pistil, may also be divided.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
I have come straight to your house, Reb Carpel, I ask that help from you, that you both can and will afford me.
"Gabriel" by Salomon Kohn
The fruit, like the ovary, may be formed of a single carpel or of several.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
Each carpel terminates in a peltate head.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 7" by Various
Though the shrub is quite showy when in bloom, it is almost equally attractive when its carpels are beginning to redden.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Mostly fleshy herbs, with symmetrical flowers, the usually distinct many-seeded carpels as many as the sepals.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray