of pollen grains
: having longitudinal germinal furrows in the exine

Word History


colpus or colpa "longitudinal furrow in the exine of a pollen grain" (probably borrowed from Greek kólpos "bosom, lap, fold of a garment") + -ate entry 3

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“Colpate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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