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 Adding clumps of pollen-rich blooms (think daisy-like coneflowers, sunflowers, asters) to a vegetable mix enhances pollination and boosts harvests. Washington Post, "Advice to first-time gardeners: Think small. Find your spot.," 24 Dec. 2019 The internet acts as an accelerant on these forces, enabling cross pollination and mutation at rapid rates. Stan Stalnaker, Quartz, "Technology-oriented religions are coming," 9 Oct. 2019 This cross-cultural pollination, Ray believes, is making Indian food much more interesting, innovative and accessible. Colleen Taylor Sen, chicagotribune.com, "A new wave of Indian restaurants, from street food to fine dining, is changing Chicago’s scene," 1 Oct. 2019 Smitha was studying how tree management in plantations affect coffee pollination and bee activity. Nandita Jayaraj, Quartz India, "The coffee plantations of India’s western ghats are being wrongly blamed for climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Organized by Courtenay Finn, the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and a 2005 CIA graduate, the show is a fine example of institutional cross-pollination and curatorial verve. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Institute of Art alumni show hits the eye like a tall, cool drink on a hot summer day," 4 Aug. 2019 More importantly, former military lands can support wildlife conservation, reduce water and air pollution, enhance pollination of natural and agricultural areas, and help regulate a warming climate. Todd Lookingbill, Quartz, "Historic battlefields are finding new life as parks and wildlife refuges," 11 Nov. 2019 The technology is also unlikely to be adopted by growers of crops like corn and soy that don’t already use commercial beehives for pollination. Rachel Fritts, Ars Technica, "A new pesticide is all the buzz," 18 Oct. 2019 Biologists chalk up every third bite of food in the human diet to bee pollination, and in terms of the most popular and nutritious food crops the ratio is even higher; bees visit more than 75% of them. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of pollination

1873, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Pollination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollination. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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