Definition of pseudocopulation in English:


Line breaks: pseudo|copu¦lation
Pronunciation: /ˌsjuːdəʊˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n


[mass 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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