pol·​li·​na·​tor | \ ˈpä-lə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce pollinator (audio) \

Definition of pollinator

: one that pollinates: such as
a : an agent (such as an insect) that pollinates flowers

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Dandelions are widely recognized as weeds, however, their peak flowering time in early spring is when many bees and other pollinators emerge and use dandelions as a food source. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "How to identify weeds and invasive species vs. ornamental plants," 20 June 2019 For gardeners interested in a plant both unusual and very attractive to pollinators as a nectar source, consider the porter weed. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "More great plants for color in your San Antonio summer garden," 14 June 2019 Correction posted February 10, 2017 The original version of this story overstated the percentage of global food crops that rely on animal pollinators. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 This introductory workshop introduces the core concepts of naturescaping, and also explores pollution prevention, native plants and pollinators. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 5-13: celebrate mom with flowers," 4 May 2018 Longtime Cleveland Heights resident Mari Keating teaches people how to replace lawns with beautiful, edible and butterfly/pollinator-attracting gardens. Guest Columnist/cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Earth Day is Every Day: Laurel Hopwood (Opinion)," 8 Apr. 2018 Sally Fox – Organic Cotton Breeder (1989) Fox revolutionized the textile industry through her work as a pollinator trying to breed more pest-resistant plants. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019 On this weekend, the group helped repair rotting boards on the dock, planted pollinator plants to attract butterflies and participated in an evening bat survey. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women in Preservation teaches construction skills on Door County's Plum Island," 7 June 2018 And that can have grave consequences given how important pollinators like bees are for supporting the environment and agriculture. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Scientists studied ‘lazy lawn mowers.’ It turns out they’re saving the bees, study finds | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of pollinator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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