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pollen basket

(of bees) a smooth area on the hind tibia of each leg fringed with long hairs and serving to transport pollen.
Also called corbicula.
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pollen basket
  • Next time you see a bee visiting a flower, look for the pollen basket.
  • She has a pollen basket on her hind legs to store the pollen collected on body hairs.
British Dictionary definitions for pollen basket

pollen basket

the part of the hind leg of a bee that is specialized for carrying pollen, typically consisting of a trough bordered by long hairs Technical name corbicula
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