noun, plural pol·lin·i·a [puh-lin-ee-uh] /pəˈlɪn i ə/. Botany.
an agglutinated mass or body of pollen grains, characteristic of plants of the orchid and milkweed families.
Origin of pollinium
< New Latin,
equivalent to pollin-
(stem of pollen
+ -ium -ium
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Historical Examples of pollinium
Pollinium of an Orchis (Habenaria), with its stalk attached to a sticky gland; magnified.
In this latter case we have a pollinium in its most highly developed and perfect condition.
If the pollinium was originally vertical, after a time it assumed a horizontal position.
British Dictionary definitions for pollinium
noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
a mass of cohering pollen grains, produced by plants such as orchids and transported as a whole during pollination
Word Origin for pollinium
C19: New Latin; see pollen
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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A mass or packet of pollen grains specialized for transfer to other flowers as a unit by pollinating insects. Orchids and milkweeds produce pollinia.
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