pollinium

pollinium

[puh-lin-ee-uhm]
noun, plural pollinia [puh-lin-ee-uh] . Botany.
an agglutinated mass or body of pollen grains, characteristic of plants of the orchid and milkweed families.

Origin:
1860–65; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to pollin- (stem of pollen) pollen + -ium -ium

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pollinium (pəˈlɪnɪəm)
 
n , pl -ia
a mass of cohering pollen grains, produced by plants such as orchids and transported as a whole during pollination
 
[C19: New Latin; see pollen]

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pollinium   (pŏ-lĭn'ē-əm)  Pronunciation Key 
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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