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

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This is the first major exhibition to look at a key trans-Pacific cross-pollination: the influence of Mexican art on the development of art in China in the 20th century. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Intimate paintings of queer men, African blacksmiths' ironworks and an indispensable assistant's exhibit," 31 May 2018 The foul odor attracts insects which aids pollination. Ariel Tu, The Seattle Times, "Stinky ‘corpse flower’ expected to bloom in California," 30 July 2018 Of course the big change for me is the cross-pollination between fashion and streetwear. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Think Streetwear Is a New Phenomenon? Meet Luca Benini Who Started the Hype 30 Years Ago," 11 Jan. 2019 For centuries, trading ships visiting the port city of Veracruz expedited cross-cultural pollination. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 However, the peppers and strawberries failed to produce a harvest, likely due to pollination issues, according to the statement. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Antarctica Greenhouse Produces Cucumbers, Tomatoes and More in Mars-Like Test," 24 Sep. 2018 Since avocado plants can't self-pollinate, two varieties need to be bred at the same time to allow for cross-pollination. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "This Is How to Pick the Best Avocado Every Time," 28 Aug. 2018 There’s more evidence today of fashion re-booting itself in a cross-pollination of conceptual art, immersive sensation, and online-real time shopping. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Moncler and Craig Green Make a Sensational Drop in Montreal," 22 Aug. 2018 Water stress during pollination will result in ears with lots of missing kernels, so don’t skip watering your corn patch. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Corn," 5 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of pollination

1873, in the meaning defined above

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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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