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 The cross-pollination between musicians and poets (who still frequently perform and record together) is one of the most generative aspects of the movement. Michael Datcher, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 The largest current demand driver for the industry is pollination service for the California almond industry. Steven Savage, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Such a collapse threatens humans because healthy ecosystems provide necessities like fertile soil, pollination and water supplies. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 It’s like cross pollination, getting different voices in here, keeping it fresh. Seth Combswriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The tree pollination will continue through May to early June, then grass pollens will take over, Corbett said. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 14 Apr. 2022 In the Southeast, pollen from grasses and weeds is predicted to significantly increase, while in the Pacific Northwest, the height of allergy season may shift forward about a month because of the pollination cycle of alder trees. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 22 Mar. 2022 Typically, pollination starts with leafy deciduous trees in late winter and spring. Allison L. Steiner, The Conversation, 15 Mar. 2022 Each year, honeybees are trucked to California for almond tree pollination. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of pollination

1873, in the meaning defined above

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21 May 2022

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“Pollination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollination. Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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