pollinate

verb pol·li·nate \ ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of pollinate

pollinated; pollinating
transitive verb
1 :to carry out the pollination of
2 :to mark or smudge with pollen

Examples of pollinate in a Sentence

  1. The plants are pollinated by bees.

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First Known Use of pollinate

1873


POLLINATE Defined for English Language Learners

pollinate

verb

Definition of pollinate for English Language Learners

  • : to give (a plant) pollen from another plant of the same kind so that seeds will be produced


POLLINATE Defined for Kids

pollinate

verb pol·li·nate \ ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt \

Definition of pollinate for Students

pollinated; pollinating
:to transfer or carry pollen from a stamen to a pistil of a flower or from a male cone to a female cone
  • Bees are pollinating the clover.


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