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

Examples of pollinator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bats are major pollinators in North American deserts, according to BCI. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Not just a ‘Halloween thing’ for Taneytown advocate, who says bats benefit environment year-round," 28 Oct. 2019 Other mutualistic teams include ants and acacia trees, pollinators and flowers, and anemones and clown fishes. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "It’s a Dirty Job, but Someone Has to Do It and Not Get Eaten," 19 Sep. 2019 In Mexico, Vanilla planifolia co-evolved with its pollinator, the melipona bee. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Delicious, Ancient History of Chocolate and Vanilla," 11 July 2019 Pollinators Workshop: 6-8:30 p.m. Learn about pollinators, discover a plant palette to attract and support them, and consider ways to provide shelter, water and overwintering sites. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Pollinators workshop, demonstrations and more," 8 Nov. 2019 Metroparks of Butler County was awarded $10,000 for the construction of Pollinator Power Place, a pollinator garden and educational space. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Duke Energy grants over $250,000 to aid in Greater Cincinnati environmental efforts," 22 Oct. 2019 The root systems of legumes have healthy bacteria that adds nitrogen to the soil without the use of synthetic fertilizers, thus decreasing farm input costs while preserving natural habitats for wildlife and native pollinators, such as bees. Matthew Wadiak, Quartz, "In the age of farm-to-table, only a small fraction of US farmers are profitable," 15 Oct. 2019 By crowding out native plants, the invaders also push out native wildlife including important pollinators, mammals and birds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad plans aggressive treatment of invasive weed," 7 Oct. 2019 To ensure more pollinators in the garden, and start conversations, Nye installed several beehives 12 years ago. Marie Fazio, chicagotribune.com, "Shedd Aquarium horticulturalist-beekeeper to retire after 25 years, leaving legacy of sustainability," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pollinator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Pollinator.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollinator. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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