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pollen tube

noun Botany.
  1. the protoplasmic tube that is extruded from a germinating pollen grain and grows toward the ovule.
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Origin of pollen tube

First recorded in 1825–35
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Historical Examples

  • The pollen-tube is constant because it has proved to be indispensable.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • The male-cells are carried to their destination in the tip of the pollen-tube.

  • The pollen-tube must penetrate the whole length of each thread of corn-silk in order to reach the ovules.

  • It is down these style-branches that the pollen-tube passes on its way to the ovules or embryo seeds.

    The Apple-Tree

    L. H. Bailey

  • The branches of the stigma are very thin, formed apparently of three rows of cells of hardly greater diameter than pollen-tube.

British Dictionary definitions for pollen tube

pollen tube

  1. a hollow tubular outgrowth that develops from a pollen grain after pollination, grows down the style to the ovule, and conveys male gametes to the egg cell
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pollen tube in Science

pollen tube

  1. The slender tube that is formed after pollination by division of the tube cell in a pollen grain. The pollen tube penetrates the ovule and releases the male gametes.
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