noun \ˈpä-lən\

: the very fine usually yellow dust that is produced by a plant and that is carried to other plants of the same kind usually by wind or insects so that the plants can produce seeds

Full Definition of POLLEN

:  a mass of microspores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust
:  a dusty bloom on the body of an insect

Origin of POLLEN

New Latin pollin-, pollen, from Latin, fine flour
First Known Use: circa 1760


noun \ˈpäl-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of POLLEN

: a mass of male spores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Mass of microscopic spores in a seed plant that appears usually as a fine dust. Each pollen grain is tiny, varies in shape and structure, is formed in the stamens in seed plants, and is transported by various means (see pollination) to the pistil, where fertilization occurs. The outer layer of a pollen grain is very resistant to disintegration; treatment with intense heat, strong acids, or strong bases has little effect on it. Because the grains often are very distinctive, some plant species may be identified by their pollen grains alone. Common components of both recent and ancient geologic sediments, pollen grains have provided much information on the origin and geologic history of plant life on land. Pollen is produced in such quantities that it is a significant part of the airborne components of earth's atmosphere. The protein-containing substance in many pollen grains (e.g., ragweed and many grasses) causes the allergic reaction commonly known as hay fever.


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