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pollen

Syllabification: pol·len
Pronunciation: /ˈpälən
 
/

Definition of pollen in English:

noun

A fine powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains discharged from the male part of a flower or from a male cone. Each grain contains a male gamete that can fertilize the female ovule, to which pollen is transported by the wind, insects, or other animals.
Example sentences
  • The stigmas were then pollinated with pollen from a flower whose anther had dehisced that day.
  • These bees visited flowers in search of pollen, adopting a supine posture as they entered the corolla tube.
  • The egg cell is fertilized by pollen from the male sex organs, the stamens.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Latin, literally 'fine powder'.

More
  • This is the Latin word for ‘fine powder or flour’. It was originally used in the Latin sense, and adopted for botanical use in the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with pollen

Hohenzollern, pollan, Stollen

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