pollinate

[pol-uh-neyt]
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Origin of pollinate

1870–75; < New Latin pollin- (stem of pollen) pollen + -ate1
Related formspol·li·na·tor, nounin·ter·pol·li·nate, verb, in·ter·pol·li·nat·ed, in·ter·pol·li·nat·ing.o·ver·pol·li·nate, verb (used with object) o·ver·pol·li·nat·ed, o·ver·pol·li·nat·ing.
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Related Words for pollinate

fertilize, breed, cross-fertilize, crossbreed

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British Dictionary definitions for pollinate

pollinate

verb
  1. (tr) to transfer pollen from the anthers to the stigma of (a flower)
Derived Formspollination, nounpollinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for pollinate
v.

1873, back formation from pollination, or else from pollin-, stem of Latin pollen (see pollen) + -ate (2). Related: Pollinated; pollinating.

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pollinate in Science

pollination

[pŏl′ə-nāshən]
  1. The process by which plant pollen is transferred from the male reproductive organs to the female reproductive organs to form seeds. In flowering plants, pollen is transferred from the anther to the stigma, often by the wind or by insects. In cone-bearing plants, male cones release pollen that is usually borne by the wind to the ovules of female cones.
Related formspollinate verb
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