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[an-uh-mof-uh-luh s]
adjective Botany, Mycology.
  1. fertilized by wind-borne pollen or spores.
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Origin of anemophilous

First recorded in 1870–75; anemo- + -philous
Related formsan·e·moph·i·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for anemophilous

Historical Examples

  • Anemophilous, said of flowers that are fertilized by the wind conveying the pollen.

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2


  • Anemophilous, wind-loving, said of wind-fertilizable flowers, 113.

  • Nor is it true to say that all anemophilous flowers are inconspicuous as compared with the green of their leaves.

  • Suppose, then, we have growing together in the same locality many species of pines or oaks, or other anemophilous trees.


    Joseph Le Conte

  • The index references for "Anemophilous" and "Entomophilous" should probably be 115, rather than 113, but were not changed.

British Dictionary definitions for anemophilous


  1. (of flowering plants such as grasses) pollinated by the windCompare entomophilous
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Derived Formsanemophily, noun
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anemophilous in Science


  1. Pollinated by the wind.
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