to convey pollen to the stigma of (a flower).
- pol·li·na·tor, noun
- in·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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How to use pollinate in a sentence
These bees pollinate many of the crop plants that provide food for people.Honeybees fend off deadly hornets by decorating hives with poop | Asher Jones | January 19, 2021 | Science News For Students
About one-third of all of the food we eat comes from plants pollinated by bees.Learning what stresses queen bees could save their hives | Sharon Oosthoek | October 30, 2020 | Science News For Students
QuickTake has reached more than 50 million people across all of its social channels and Cowgill said that her team will be marketing the OTT channel to those platforms to try and cross-pollinate the social audience with the OTT audience.Bloomberg Media is going deeper into OTT by expanding its social-first video brand QuickTake | Kayleigh Barber | September 28, 2020 | Digiday
On average, 95 percent of the 50 pollinated blossoms on each tree formed fruits.Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination | Maria Temming | June 22, 2020 | Science News
Those trees bore about as much fruit as trees pollinated using a traditional method of hand pollination, the researchers report online June 17 in iScience.Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination | Maria Temming | June 22, 2020 | Science News
Their nightly flights bring with them the powers to pollinate plants and control insect populations.
Besides honey production, honeybees are bred commercially for their ability to pollinate 90 crops, including many fruits and nuts.
Stoke: "Persian walnuts may not pollinate black walnut, but black walnut has pollinated the Persian walnut in known instances."Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
With less vigorous plants and on dark days it is necessary to hand pollinate the flowers.Tomato Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Tomato | William Warner Tracy
Man and the domesticated animals undoubtedly frequently pollinate flowers by brushing past them through the fields.A Civic Biology | George William Hunter
There is many a pecan planting in Kentucky that was a failure because there wasn't anything to pollinate.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Forty-Second Annual Meeting | Northern Nut Growers Association
Thus the flowers attempt to secure cross-pollination; but, failing this, pollinate themselves.Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for pollinate
(tr) to transfer pollen from the anthers to the stigma of (a flower)
- pollination, noun
- pollinator, noun
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