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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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 After the bloom cycle completed, garden officials placed Alice back into its collection and after a pollination, the large plant bloomed again nearly three years later, starting June 29. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Corpse flower makes repeat performance — this time outdoors — at Chicago Botanic Garden," 3 July 2018 The country’s yield of large cardamom — dependent upon cross-pollination from bees — has increased more than 30 percent since 2014. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "Pesticides helped bring modern farming to India. One tiny state is leading the charge to ban them.," 31 May 2018 At pollination time, commercial beekeepers provide truckloads of European honeybees, Apis mellifera, which are not native to North America. Bailey Bischoff, The Christian Science Monitor, "In San Francisco, hotels welcome bees as honored guests," 26 Mar. 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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