(Latin: fertilizing male elements of flowers; fine flour; milldust; spores; powder)
2. A sharing or interchange of knowledge, ideas, etc., as for mutual enrichment; cross-fertilization.
The seeds of open-pollinated plants will produce new generations of those plants.
2. The fertilizing element of flowering plants, consisting of fine, powdery, yellowish grains or spores, sometimes in masses.
As a botanical term for the fertilizing element of flowers (from Linnæus, 1751), earlier "dust" (1523); from Latin pollen, "mill dust, fine flour", related to polenta, "peeled barley", and pulvis, "dust". Pollination is first recorded in 1875, from French pollination; formed in 1812 from Latin pollen.
Certain pollenophagous insects cause more severe damage by clearing a path to the stamens than by collecting pollen. Pollen constitutes an important food resource for numerous beneficial insects.
2. An animal which carries pollen from one seed plant to another, unwittingly aiding the plant in its reproduction.
Common pollinators include insects, especially bees, butterflies, and moths, birds, and bats.
2. Adapted for carrying pollen.
2. A coherent mass of pollen grains (as in orchids).
2. A seasonal rhinitis resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen
An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, most often characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen.