pollination

[ pol-uh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˌpɒl əˈneɪ ʃən /

noun Botany.

the transfer of pollen from the anther to the stigma.

Nearby words

  1. pollice verso,
  2. pollices,
  3. pollicitation,
  4. pollicization,
  5. pollinate,
  6. pollinator,
  7. polling,
  8. polling booth,
  9. polling place,
  10. polling station

Origin of pollination

First recorded in 1870–75; pollinate + -ion

Related formspost·pol·li·na·tion, adjective

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Word Origin and History for pollination

pollination

n.

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

Science definitions for pollination

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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Culture definitions for pollination

pollination

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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