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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Some crops, including blueberries and cherries, are 90 percent dependent on honey bee pollination. NBC News, "Bees will be used to deliver a new organic pesticide, but will it save them?," 16 Sep. 2019 If the grapes that are full sized in the cluster are ripening OK and taste sweet, your clusters had a problem with pollination. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: 'Why am I seeing uneven ripening on grape plants?’," 15 Sep. 2019 Their choices on Oasis (Cantero, along with Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi, are the only two features on the record) further cement the pair’s commitment to a cross-pollination of genres, cultures, languages, and styles in their work. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "J Balvin and Bad Bunny prove they're even stronger together on long-awaited collaboration Oasis," 27 June 2019 Some of this cultural cross-pollination, of course, had the stench of opportunism. New York Times, "A Secret Ingredient in Songs of Summer," 27 Aug. 2019 The potential for cross pollination between the video game industry and companies focused on other kinds of entertainment is creating a lot of excitement in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Netflix Takes Baby Steps Into Video Gaming," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of pollination

1873, in the meaning defined above

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7 Dec 2019

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“Pollination.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollination. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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