pollinator

noun
pol·​li·​na·​tor | \ ˈpä-lə-ˌnā-tər \

Definition of pollinator

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

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Insects, including vital pollinators, would see their ranges decline threefold. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 big takeaways from the UN’s alarming climate change report," 9 Oct. 2018 These animals play an important role in the ecosystem as insectivores, pollinators and seed dispersers, the authors wrote. Kimberly Hickok, Fox News, "Scientists discover a sixth species of Ebola virus — in bats," 27 Aug. 2018 In a shipping container, the most reliable—yet expensive—pollinator is a human worker. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Strawberry Jam: Urban-Farming Startups Tackle a Problem Crop," 16 Aug. 2018 In the past 80 years, expanding urban areas in England have been found to host more species and lose fewer pollinators than agricultural areas. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Bumblebees Thrive in the City but Struggle on the Farm," 27 June 2018 The partnership will also feature the urban farm installing branded signage throughout the its location for kids to learn about pollinators and a mural featuring flowers and bees with facial cutouts that could be used for social media posts. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Here's why 100,000 Italian honeybees are headed to Detroit," 21 June 2018 The focus of discussion was bees as pollinators and their importance in food production and the ecosystem. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Bees: Essential In Food Production," 27 June 2018 For more than a decade, bees and other pollinators in America have been dwindling in numbers because of a variety of problems, including poor nutrition, pesticides, parasites and disease. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Honeybees finding it harder to eat at America’s bee hot spot," 2 July 2018 Bees and other pollinators have been on the decline for more than a decade, and experts blame a combination of factors: insecticides called neonicotinoids or neonics, parasites, disease, climate change and lack of a diverse food supply. Washington Post, "Insect ambassadors: Honeybees buzz on Berlin cathedral," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of pollinator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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