pol·​li·​na·​tion | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce pollination (audio) \

Definition of pollination

: the transfer of pollen from an anther to the stigma in angiosperms or from the microsporangium to the micropyle in gymnosperms

Examples of pollination in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prior to Covid-19 vaccine development was a rather siloed field, and researchers worked on vaccines without much cross-pollination. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Has Covid-19 permanently altered the development timetable for other vaccines?," 15 Dec. 2020 One of the problems sometimes noted is the flowers may not be ready for cross-pollination at the same time. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Snail and slug populations surge amid wet, warm weather," 12 Dec. 2020 Seeds with this designation perform true to type through pollination. Kym Pokorny, oregonlive, "Before you buy seeds, learn these terms to make smart purchases," 25 Jan. 2021 The existence of fewer bats has disrupted pollination patterns, harming tropical ecosystems in a similar way to the decline in bees. New York Times, "Thai Caves Attract Millions of Bats — and Now Scientists Too," 17 Jan. 2021 So, bloom damage or poor pollination are the most likely explanations for the lack of viable fruit production. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Houseplant-munching cat has owner looking for safe suggestions," 25 Oct. 2020 When temperatures warm, remember to uncover the plants that depend upon insect pollination for fruit production, such as melons, cucumbers and squash. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "As weather turns cold, floating row cover can keep your garden from freezing," 8 Nov. 2020 Our examination of mutualism includes pollination, which involves 170,000 plant and 200,000 animal species and contributes to 35 percent of global food crop production. Erika Larsen, National Geographic, "The end of greyhound racing?," 1 Oct. 2020 According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Golden State produces two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts — crops that rely on pollination by honeybees. Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, "First ‘murder hornet’ nest was just eradicated in Washington state. Could they fly to California next?," 25 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pollination

1873, in the meaning defined above

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26 Feb 2021

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“Pollination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollination. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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pol·​li·​na·​tion | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce pollination (audio) \

Kids Definition of pollination

: the transfer of pollen from a stamen to a pistil of a flower or from a male cone to a female cone

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