pollen

play
noun pol·len \ ˈpä-lən \

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pollen.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of pollen

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



POLLEN Defined for English Language Learners

pollen

play
noun

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

pollen

play
noun pol·len \ ˈpä-lən \

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 Dictionary

pollen

play
noun pol·len \ ˈpäl-ən \

medical Definition of pollen

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


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pollen? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!