pol·​len | \ ˈpä-lən How to pronounce pollen (audio) \

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

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This transfers pollen from the male reproductive organs, called anthers, to the pistils, where pollination commences. Matt Simon, WIRED, "This Robotic Pollinator Is Like a Huge Bee With Wheels and an Arm," 23 May 2018 Too many hands came back covered with uncollected pollen. Jeremy Bagott, WSJ, "Bees Converge on Central California From Across the Pollen Nation," 22 Mar. 2019 The island, with its gorgeous cliff-side views of the Atlantic, is believed to have been inhabited by a human settlement around 3,000 years ago, based on pollen evidence. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "There's a Private Island in Ireland on the Market For $1.4 Million," 22 Feb. 2019 Desai also urges pet owners to bathe cats or dogs often, since fur can track in unwanted pollen, as well. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Definitive Guide to Surviving Allergy Season," 22 Mar. 2019 Around the country, warmer winters could mean the closure of skating rinks, more pollen, and more ticks carrying Lyme disease, since temperatures won’t be dropping below freezing as often to kill them off. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.," 21 Dec. 2018 Ruby's Diner Organic, health-conscious, and globally influenced dining is the order of the day at Ruby’s, where dishes like coconut brown rice pudding with mango, bee pollen, and mint is a common order. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 The mixture, now available for the first time ever in the U.S., includes rose oil, calcium carbonate, male pine flower pollen, propolis, beeswax, and olive oil. Samantha Leal, Marie Claire, "This New Moisturizer Actually Heals Your Sunburn," 5 Aug. 2016 From my blossoms: most of the nectar and a share of the pollen, to take back to the hive and procure their good fate. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "Doing Business With Bees," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of pollen

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pollen

New Latin pollin-, pollen, from Latin, fine flour

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English Language Learners 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


pol·​len | \ ˈpä-lən How to pronounce pollen (audio) \

Kids Definition of pollen

: 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


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Medical Definition of pollen

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

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