Definition of pollinate in English:


Line breaks: pol¦lin|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈpɒlɪneɪt


[with object]
Convey pollen to or deposit pollen on (a stigma, ovule, flower, or plant) and so allow fertilization: there are not enough bees to pollinate their crops (as adjective, in combination -pollinated) large tubular bird-pollinated flowers
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  • When one of the small flowers is pollinated and fertilized, it goes to seed and snakes outward in a fuchsia-colored curlicue.
  • The stigmas were then pollinated with pollen from a flower whose anther had dehisced that day.
  • In other Magnolia species predominantly pollinated by beetles, pollen shortage or inefficient pollination has been reported.


late 19th century: from Latin pollen, pollin- 'pollen' + -ate3.



Pronunciation: /-ˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Fertilization had taken place at 4 weeks after pollination with zygotes and free nuclear endosperm visible.
  • The final proof of the fertility of the in vitro-matured pollen is seed set after the pollination of normal in vivo flowers.
  • This is in marked contrast to what might be expected from a parallel volume if it covered the ecology of pollination and pollinators.


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  • This behaviour clearly indicates that the trichomes are somehow used during the pollinator's life cycle.
  • The effectiveness of exclusion through pore size is relatively easy to demonstrate for biotic pollinators by direct observation.
  • Even so, approximately one-third of orchid species have evolved pollination mechanisms whereby the pollinator receives no reward whatsoever.

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