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

Examples of pollen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And if allergies are a concern, HEPA filters can help trap 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and any airborne particles with a minimum size of 0.3 microns. Carolyn Forté, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2022 People can be allergic to so many different things, including various types of food, insect venom, latex, or certain medicines, as well as airborne substances like pollen, mold, or animal dander, among other allergens. Marygrace Taylor, SELF, 29 Mar. 2022 First, there’s a pre-filter that handles large particles like smoke, dust, pollen, and mold. Maren Estrada, BGR, 29 Nov. 2021 Lots of dust and pollen in the arena right at that moment. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2021 As preparation for moving them back inside, inspect plants carefully for pests, and give leaves a good hosing-off to clean off air pollutant dust and pollen. Miri Talabac, baltimoresun.com, 16 Sep. 2021 The first is a HEPA filter that removes particles such as dust and pollen from the air. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 2 Mar. 2022 The researchers write in The Conversation that durable pollen grains can last for centuries and differ in shape between plants. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Feb. 2022 As the bats feast on agave nectar, their fur becomes covered with pollen grains. Janet Marinelli, Wired, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Pollen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollen. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for pollen


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


pol·​len | \ ˈpäl-ən How to pronounce pollen (audio) \

Medical Definition of pollen

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

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