pol·li·na·tion | \ˌpä-lə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of pollination 

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

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Extension specialists say that things like drought, sudden heat, poor pollination and over-production can cause it. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018 Home to more than 230 species of plants and a balanced assortment of insects—bees prominent among them—the garden is bestrewn with colorful placards educating summer strollers as to the wonders of pollination and the tiny creatures responsible. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Ways," 17 May 2018 American Teen and Hill’s Like A Woman, allowing for plenty of cross-pollination. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "DJDS on Their Kanye West Co-Sign, Working With Khalid, and Their Ambitious New Album," 29 May 2018 To ensure adequate pollination, plant a variety of blueberry that is right for growing in South Florida. Stan Davidson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "With patience, blueberries can be grown in containers," 10 July 2018 Cale recalls a thrilling cross-pollination of forms that benefited the live show and its digital counterpart. Jessica Gelt, latimes.com, "John Lithgow's latest stage isn't a stage at all: How theater is moving to your phone and car," 9 July 2018 Recent technological advances, including compaction of transmitters, have even enabled its use with insects in the context of pollination, crop pests and conservation. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 Of the 100 plant species accounting for 90 percent of the world’s food, more than 70 percent rely on bees for pollination. Céline Garcin, The Christian Science Monitor, "One answer to the bee crisis: Turn everyone into backyard breeders," 19 June 2018 The Cuban Espresso Martini perfectly captures Dublin’s cross-pollination of old and new: Havana 7 rum, PX sherry, cold brew coffee and, of course, a splash of Guinness. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "A Perfect Weekend Away in Dublin," 11 July 2018

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1873, in the meaning defined above

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pol·li·na·tion | \ˌpä-lə-ˈnā-shən \

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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