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pollen

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noun pol·len \ˈpä-lən\

Simple Definition of pollen

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  a mass of microspores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust

  2. 2 :  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


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pollen

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noun pol·len \ˈpäl-ən\

Medical Definition of pollen

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






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