Definition of anemophilous in English:


Line breaks: an¦em|oph¦il|ous
Pronunciation: /ˌanɪˈmɒfɪləs


  • (Of a plant) wind-pollinated.
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    • Generally, starchy pollen has been considered a feature of wind-pollinated (anemophilous) flowering plants, whereas insect-pollinated species show a greater or lesser replacement of starch by sugar or lipids.
    • In addition, a very detailed pollen record has been obtained for this anemophilous species, because it has colonized western and northern Europe relatively late during the Holocene.
    • A basic uniformity in floral as well as vegetative characters probably relates to an anemophilous habit.



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  • Some authors recognize anemophily as the principal pollination system for this family, while others indicate entomophily.
  • Vasquez studied pollination in A. vaginatum subsp. vaginatum in Mexico and concluded that anemophily predominated.
  • I am interested in understanding how the morphological and ecological associations of anemophily reflect the aerodynamic requirements for effective pollen export and import.


late 19th century: from Greek anemos 'wind' + -philous (see -philia).

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