pollen tube


Definition of pollen tube

: a tube that is formed by a pollen grain and conveys the sperm nuclei to the embryo sac of an angiosperm or the archegonium of a gymnosperm

Examples of pollen tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How many readers could get excited by the fact that a single primrose plant can produce two kinds of flowers, virtually identical but one with a long style (the stalk that channels pollen tubes to the ovary) and one with a short style? David Quammen, The New York Review of Books, "The Brilliant Plodder," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pollen tube

1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Pollen tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollen%20tube. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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