pollen basket

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noun

(of bees) a smooth area on the hind tibia of each leg fringed with long hairs and serving to transport pollen.

Origin of pollen basket

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called corbicula.
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Historical Examples of pollen basket

  • It is always a mystery just how the honey-bee transfers the pollen to the pollen-basket—even in view of the explanation.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham


British Dictionary definitions for pollen basket

pollen basket

noun

the part of the hind leg of a bee that is specialized for carrying pollen, typically consisting of a trough bordered by long hairsTechnical name: corbicula
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