[en-tuh-mof-uh-luh s]


pollinated by or having spores distributed by insects.

Origin of entomophilous

First recorded in 1875–80; entomo- + -philous
Related formsen·to·moph·i·ly, noun
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Examples from the Web for entomophilous

Historical Examples of entomophilous

  • Entomophilous, said of flowers frequented and fertilized by insects, 113.

  • Entomophilous: insect-loving: applied to plants especially adapted for pollination by insects.

  • Insect-fertilizable or Entomophilous flowers are those which are sought by insects, for pollen or for nectar, or for both.

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

British Dictionary definitions for entomophilous



(of flowering plants) pollinated by insectsCompare anemophilous
Derived Formsentomophily, noun
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entomophilous in Science



Pollinated by insects.
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