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[puh-lin-ee-uh m] /pəˈlɪn i əm/
noun, plural pollinia
[puh-lin-ee-uh] /pəˈlɪn i ə/ (Show IPA).
an agglutinated mass or body of pollen grains, characteristic of plants of the orchid and milkweed families.
1860-65; < New Latin, equivalent to pollin- (stem of pollen) pollen + -ium -ium Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for pollinia
  • Translator a structure uniting the pollinia in asclepiadaceae and orchidaceae.
  • There are two to four hard and waxy pollinia with stipes present or absent.
  • The flowers vary in colour from white to purple, and all species have four pollinia.
  • But they have one common denominator they all have two pollinia.
British Dictionary definitions for pollinia


noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
a mass of cohering pollen grains, produced by plants such as orchids and transported as a whole during pollination
Word Origin
C19: New Latin; see pollen
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pollinia in Science
Plural pollinia
A mass or packet of pollen grains specialized for transfer to other flowers as a unit by pollinating insects. Orchids and milkweeds produce pollinia.
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