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 Better choices are slower growing trees like drought-tolerant oaks and pollinator-friendly lindens. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Tough Plants Can Take Nearly Anything Nature Throws at Them," 19 May 2020 The flowers were great for attracting butterflies and other pollinators and good for cutting for arrangements as well — then the breeders got ahold of them. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Thanks to horticultural hanky panky, coral bells aren't your grandma’s garden plant anymore," 24 Apr. 2020 Another tip: Plant a wide variety of plants for pollinators. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Lend a hand and give a hand if you can: Sun Messages," 27 Mar. 2020 Lifestyle Help save the bees: New app turns users into bee counters Celebrate World Bee Day by participating in a global count of pollinators, including honeybees, with a free app available May 1. Los Angeles Times, "They’re not really called ‘murder hornets.’ And they’re probably not as bad as you think," 6 May 2020 Of course, there are plenty of locally native pollinators hard at work now as well. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "We know it's only May ... but you need to start thinking about your July pollinators now," 1 May 2020 Wandering cattle, flocks of doves and swarms of pollinators frequent the remote water source. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "A short distance off the highway, this Prescott-area hike feels remote. Here's how to do it," 12 Mar. 2020 Learn to attract and provide habitat for a range of pollinators. oregonlive, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antique and Collectible Show, workshops, pruning demos and more," 6 Mar. 2020 According to a new study in the journal Science, hot temperatures linked to global warming are contributing to the decline of these portly pollinators, which are considered critical to the health of wild landscapes and agriculture. Remy Tumin, New York Times, "Impeachment, Iowa, Oscars: Your Thursday Evening Briefing," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of pollinator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

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“Pollinator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollinator. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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