Definition of pseudocopulation in English:

pseudocopulation

Syllabification: pseu·do·cop·u·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌso͞odōˌkäpyəˈlāSHən
 
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noun

Biology
  • Attempted copulation by a male insect with a flower (especially an orchid) that resembles the female, carrying pollen to it in the process.
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    • Here we describe a new case of pollination by genitalic pseudocopulation in orchids, this time in the genus Lepanthes.
    • The phenomenon of flowers pollinated by pseudocopulation has been very well documented for Afro-European and Australian terrestrial orchids.
    • All previous reports of orchid pollination through pseudocopulation involve solitary wasps or bees.

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