pollinate

[ pol-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈpɒl əˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), pol·li·nat·ed, pol·li·nat·ing. Botany.

to convey pollen to the stigma of (a flower).

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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British Dictionary definitions for pollinate

pollinate

/ (ˈpɒlɪˌneɪt) /

verb

(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

pollinate


v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for pollinate

pollination

[ pŏl′ə-nāshən ]

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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