Definition of carpel in English:

carpel

noun

Botany
  • The female reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of an ovary, a stigma, and usually a style. It may occur singly or as one of a group.

    • ‘Ovules from self-pollinated carpels appear to degenerate early in development.’
    • ‘Unisexual flowers with three white petals produce numerous stamens or carpels and both present floral nectar.’
    • ‘No mature fruits had more than two seedless carpels.’
    • ‘In the center of a typical flower are the carpels, modified leaves which enclose the ovules.’
    • ‘The terminal female flowers consist of two or three carpels and no other organs.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French carpelle or modern Latin carpellum, from Greek karpos fruit.

Pronunciation:

carpel

/ˈkɑːp(ə)l/