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
But neonicotinoids also find their way into pollen and nectar, posing a threat to pollinators.
Zayed’s group found that most of the contaminated pollen collected by Canadian honeybees actually was from untreated wildflowers, not from treated corn or soy.
Interestingly, an analysis of the types of pollen found in the LSU vibracores, seen above, provides intriguing hints at how a bald cypress forest handled these changes in sea level and colder weather.
Interestingly, an analysis of the types of pollen found in the LSU vibracores provides intriguing hints at how a bald cypress forest handled these changes in sea level and colder weather.
Bee stings, pollen and not even a crazy cat kept her from admiring their beauty.
The class is reviving a weaker hive and notices that the bees have collected different kinds of pollen, foraging on the spring blooms of neighborhood flowers and trees near the Institute of Living.
The stuff in the store can have added syrups and filter out things that are good for you, like pollen.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of pollen
New Latin pollin-, pollen, from Latin, fine flour
First Known Use: 1723See Words from the same year
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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