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From Biology-Online Dictionary
1. (Science: botany) The pistil of a plant.
2. A kind of pencil or style used with the tablets of the middle ages. A pair of tablets [i. E, tablets] . . . And a pointel.
3. See Poyntel.
Origin: From Point: cf. F. Pointal an upright wooden prop, OF. Pointille a prick or prickle.