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 pollinator

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 pollinator

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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