entomophilous

[ en-tuh-mof-uh-luhs ]

adjective
  1. pollinated by or having spores distributed by insects.

Origin of entomophilous

1
First recorded in 1875–80; entomo- + -philous

Other words from entomophilous

  • en·to·moph·i·ly, noun

Words Nearby entomophilous

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How to use entomophilous in a sentence

  • 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.

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for entomophilous

entomophilous

/ (ˌɛntəˈmɒfɪləs) /


adjective
  1. (of flowering plants) pollinated by insects: Compare anemophilous

Derived forms of entomophilous

  • entomophily, noun

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Scientific definitions for entomophilous

entomophilous

[ ĕn′tə-mŏfə-ləs ]


  1. Pollinated by insects.

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