a straightforward pistil or single-celled ovary or seed vessel or one of the components of a compound pistil ovary or seed vessel See Illust of Carpaphore
- a simple pistil or one component of a compound pistil
- Alt. of Carpellum
1835, from Modern Latin carpellum (1817 in French), a diminutive form from Greek karpos "fruit" (additionally "returns, revenue"), literally "that which is plucked," from PIE root *kerp- "to gather, pluck, collect" (see harvest (letter.)).
The pistil consists of a single carpel with its ovary, style, stigma and solitary ovule or twin ovules.