pol·​lin·​i·​um pä-ˈli-nē-əm How to pronounce pollinium (audio)
plural pollinia pä-ˈli-nē-ə How to pronounce pollinium (audio)
: a coherent mass of pollen grains often with a stalk bearing an adhesive disk that clings to insects

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In one shot by Stone, the moth can clearly by seen drinking nectar, but its head is not nearly close enough to the flower to pick up the pollinium. Douglas Main, National Geographic, 11 July 2019 If all goes well, the moth will contact the plant’s bundle of pollen, called a pollinium, which will stick to its head, and hopefully be carried on to fertilize another ghost. Douglas Main, National Geographic, 11 July 2019

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Word History


New Latin, from pollin-

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pollinium was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Pollinium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollinium. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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