Definition of pollen
1 : a mass of microspores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust
2 : a dusty bloom on the body of an insect
Recent Examples of pollen from the Web
Most apple varieties, produced by chance intermingling of pollen from neighboring trees on family farms, cannot be definitively identified by DNA, so the history is important.
After all, what cloud computing company could have realized the secret of efficient data distribution lay in how honey bees gather pollen?
Take a look at the tough words that knocked out some Ohioans: Riley Meese, 14, of New Philadelphia, was knocked out on the word sporomorph, a fossil pollen grain or spore.
Instead, Tomaska's skillet of popcorn is dusted with anise seed and fennel pollen.
Now, a new study reveals that the cockroach Moluchia brevipennis, native to central Chile's scrublands, feeds on flower pollen—and may even pollinate plants.
Pollen update: The pollen report was incomplete due to rain.
In May 2015, Elle featured Bacon’s daily diet, which included items like ho shou wu, silver needle tea, pearl, reishi, cordyceps, quinton shots, bee pollen and chaga.
Is the story: Monsanto contaminates a crop, (by pollen?)
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Origin and Etymology of pollen
New Latin pollin-, pollen, from Latin, fine flour
First Known Use: 1723
POLLEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pollen for English Language Learners
: 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
POLLEN Defined for Kids
Definition of pollen for Students
: the very tiny grains produced by the stamens of a flower or special sacs of a male cone that fertilize the seeds and usually appear as fine yellow dust
Medical Definition of pollen
: a mass of male spores in a seed plant appearing usually as a fine dust
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