- the influence or effect of pollen on a structure other than the embryo, as the seed or fruit.
Origin of xenia
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- botany the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination
C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest
Word Origin and History for xenial
city in Ohio, from Greek xenia "hospitality," literally "state of a guest," from xenos "guest" (see guest). Founded 1803 and named by vote of a town meeting, on suggestion of the Rev. Robert Armstrong to suggest friendliness and hospitality.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper