Definition of pollinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpäləˌnāt/


[with object]
Convey pollen to or deposit pollen on (a stigma, ovule, flower, or plant) and so allow fertilization.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈpäləˌnādər/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: pol·li·nate

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