[pol-uh-ney-shuh n]
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Origin of pollination

First recorded in 1870–75; pollinate + -ion
Related formspost·pol·li·na·tion, adjective
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Historical Examples of pollination

  • Every fruit and nut grower should know the simple theory of pollination.

  • Pollination: the act of carrying pollen from stamens to pistils.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • By pollination we mean the transfer of pollen from an anther to the stigma of a flower.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter

  • Pollination is no doubt an important factor in productiveness, size, quality, and form.

    The Apple


  • If style is too short, pollination may fail; also, if too long.

    The Tomato

    Paul Work

Word Origin and History for pollination

1872, from older French pollination, noun of action formed 1812 from pollin-, stem of Latin pollen (see pollen). Replaced in Modern French by pollinisation .

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pollination in Science


  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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pollination in Culture


The carrying of pollen grains (the male sex cells in plants) to the female sex cells for fertilization. Pollination can occur between plants when pollen is carried by the wind or by insects such as the honeybee (see cross-fertilization), or within the same plant, in which case it is called self-fertilization.

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