from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The female, ovule-bearing organ of a flower, including the stigma, style, and ovary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the female or seed-bearing organ of a flower.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the female ovule-bearing part of a flower composed of ovary and style and stigma
French, from New Latin pistillum, from Latin, pestle (from its shape).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French pistil. (Wiktionary)