pol·​lin·​i·​um | \ pä-ˈli-nē-əm How to pronounce pollinium (audio) \
plural pollinia\ pä-​ˈli-​nē-​ə How to pronounce pollinium (audio) \

Definition of pollinium

: a coherent mass of pollen grains often with a stalk bearing an adhesive disk that clings to insects

Examples of pollinium in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of pollinium

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pollinium

New Latin, from pollin-

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“Pollinium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollinium. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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