pollen basket


: a smooth area on each hind tibia of a bee that is edged by a fringe of stiff hairs and serves to collect and transport pollen

called also corbicula

Examples of pollen basket in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the photo above, the big yellow blob on the bee's haunch is a full pollen basket. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 11 Aug. 2015 There it is compacted into a pellet and pushed to a structure called the pollen basket for storage. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pollen basket was in 1860

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“Pollen basket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollen%20basket. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

pollen basket

: a flat or hollow area bordered with stiff hairs on the hind leg of a bee in which it carries pollen to the hive or nest
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