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[an-ther] /ˈæn θər/
noun, Botany
the pollen-bearing part of a stamen.
Origin of anther
1545-55; < New Latin anthēra < Latin < Greek, feminine of anthērós flowery; see anthesis
Related forms
antheral, adjective
antherless, adjective Unabridged
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  • When the bee vibrates the flower, the pollen falls out of the tubular anther onto the bee.
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British Dictionary definitions for anther


the terminal part of a stamen consisting usually of two lobes each containing two sacs in which the pollen matures
Derived Forms
antheral, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin anthēra, from Latin: a remedy prepared from flowers, from Greek, from anthēros flowery, from anthos flower
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Word Origin and History for anther

1550s, "medical extract of flowers," from French anthère, from Modern Latin anthera "a medicine extracted from a flower," from Greek anthera, fem. of antheros "flowery, blooming," from anthos "flower," from PIE root *andh- "to bloom" (cf. Sanskrit andhas "herb," Armenian and "field," Middle Irish ainder "young girl," Welsh anner "young cow"). Main modern sense attested by 1791.

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anther in Science
The pollen-bearing part at the upper end of the stamen of a flower. Most anthers occur at the tip of a slender, stemlike filament and have two lobes. Each lobe contains two pollen sacs. When pollen matures in the pollen sacs, the lobes of the anthers burst open in the process known as dehiscence to release the pollen. See more at flower.
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