pol·​li·​na·​tor ˈpä-lə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce pollinator (audio)
: one that pollinates: such as
: an agent (such as an insect) that pollinates flowers

Examples of pollinator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And a gravel garden full of water-wise plants that don’t require pesticides, fertilizers or mowing can help promote biodiversity by creating a happy habitat for local birds, pollinators and other beneficial insects. Caitlin Huson, Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2024 Pham has his party flow, and Solberg has his vision of a landscape both beautiful and sustainable, visited by pollinators and birds. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2024 Honeybees are vital pollinators, responsible for pollinating a wide variety of crops, including almonds, avocados and citrus fruits. Leah Taylor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 These insects are an integral part of the desert ecosystem, playing important roles as pollinators and a food source for other animals. The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 Also known to be a successful natural insecticide, a quick spray of chamomile tea in early morning before the heat of day can help fight off mites and other flying insect pests while being safe for pollinators such as honeybees. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 11 Apr. 2024 Colonies of honey bees — crucial pollinators for a wide variety of plants and cash crops — are at risk of collapse because of climate change, a recent study by scientists at Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture found. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 Proceeds support school gardens, local scholarships and community projects, such as the new bee mural at the water district, painted by artist Matt Willey as part of his the Good of the Hive initiative to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2024 The first step in controlling bad insects without hurting pollinators is to use a dormant spray before the pollinators start working. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pollinator was in 1883

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“Pollinator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollinator. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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pol·​li·​na·​tor ˈpäl-ə-ˌnāt-ər How to pronounce pollinator (audio)
: something (as an insect) that pollinates flowers
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