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pollinium

[puh-lin-ee-uh m] /pəˈlɪn i əm/
noun, plural pollinia
[puh-lin-ee-uh] /pəˈlɪn i ə/ (Show IPA).
Botany
1.
an agglutinated mass or body of pollen grains, characteristic of plants of the orchid and milkweed families.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to pollin- (stem of pollen) pollen + -ium -ium
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pollinium

/pəˈlɪnɪəm/
noun (pl) -ia (-ɪə)
1.
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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pollinium
  (pŏ-lĭn'ē-əm)   
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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