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 To lure in pollinator insects such as bees, the fungus’s spongy florets also contain pigments that reflect light on the ultraviolet spectrum, which bees and other nectar specialists use to find flowers. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Fungus Makes Convincing Fake Flowers From Scratch," 19 Feb. 2021 There is a special focus on native, heirloom and pollinator plants. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina County District Library plants seeds for spring programs," 18 Feb. 2021 Plants that require a pollinator will not pollinate themselves, and another plant of the same type of fruit, but a different variety, must be planted for cross-pollination and reliable production to occur. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Think now about planting hardy fruit trees and bushes," 3 Feb. 2021 Several special projects are available to address water quality, forestry management, pollinator populations, wildlife habitat, pasture improvements and more. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Student digs in to replace 2 million sheets of paper used at Hawken School: Valley Views," 5 Jan. 2021 One of the most common causes of plum tree problems is the lack of a pollinator. oregonlive, "Early rose pruning could cause dieback, result in re-prune next spring: Ask an expert," 16 Jan. 2021 But sometimes a pollinator stays on one flower, eating all its nectar in one go. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "We couldn't have figs without wasps. Here's how mutualism works.," 25 Sep. 2020 Now, a federal program pays farmers to preserve acres of land for pollinator-friendly habitat. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Monarch Butterflies Aren’t Getting Endangered Species Status," 21 Dec. 2020 The wildfires dealt yet another devastating blow to the all-important pollinator already facing myriad challenges, from mite infestations to widespread colony collapse. Nora Mishanec, SFChronicle.com, "Wildfires deal another blow to Northern California’s fragile bee populations," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pollinator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Pollinator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollinator. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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