pollinic

pollen

[pol-uhn]
noun
1.
the fertilizing element of flowering plants, consisting of fine, powdery, yellowish grains or spores, sometimes in masses.
verb (used with object)
2.

Origin:
1515–25; < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin: fine flour, mill dust

pollenless, adjective
pollenlike, adjective
pollinic [puh-lin-ik] , pollinical, adjective
unpollened, adjective
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pollen (ˈpɒlən)
 
n
a fine powdery substance produced by the anthers of seed-bearing plants, consisting of numerous fine grains containing the male gametes
 
[C16: from Latin: powder; compare Greek palē pollen]
 
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Pollen (ˈpɒlən)
 
n
Daniel. 1813--96, New Zealand statesman, born in Ireland: prime minister of New Zealand (1876)

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pollen
1760 as a botanical term for the fertilizing element of flowers (from Linnæus, 1751), earlier "dust" (1523), from L. pollen "mill dust, fine flour," related to polenta "peeled barley," and pulvis (gen. pulveris) "dust," from PIE base *pel- "dust, porridge made of meal" (cf. Gk. poltos "pap, porridge,"
Skt. palalam "ground seeds," Lith. pelenai, O.C.S. popelu, Rus. pepelo "ashes"). Pollination is first recorded 1875, from Fr. pollination, formed 1812 from L. pollen.
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pollen pol·len (pŏl'ən)
n.
Microspores of seed plants carried by wind or insects prior to fertilization.

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pollen   (pŏl'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
Powdery grains that contain the male reproductive cells of most plants. In gymnosperms, pollen is produced by male cones or conelike structures. In angiosperms, pollen is produced by the anthers at the end of stamens in flowers. Each pollen grain contains a generative cell, which divides into two nuclei (one of which fertilizes the egg), and a tube cell, which grows into a pollen tube to conduct the generative cell or the nuclei into the ovule. The pollen grain is the male gametophyte generation of seed-bearing plants. In gymnosperms, each pollen grain also contains two sterile cells (called prothallial cells), thought to be remnants of the vegetative tissue of the male gametophyte.
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pollen definition


The male sex cells in plants. In flowering plants, pollen is produced in thin filaments in the flower called stamens. (See fertilization and pollination.)

Note: When pollen is carried into the air by the wind, it frequently causes allergic reactions (see allergy) in humans.
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