from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The pollen-bearing part of the stamen.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The pollen-bearing part of the stamen of a flower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That part of the stamen containing the pollen, or fertilizing dust, which, when mature, is emitted for the impregnation of the ovary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the essential polliniferous part of a stamen, generally raised upon the extremity of a filament.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of the stamen that contains pollen; usually borne on a stalk


Medieval Latin anthēra, pollen, from Latin, a medicine extracted from flowers, from Greek, from feminine of anthēros, flowery, from anthos, flower.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French anthère, from Ancient Greek ἀνθηρός (antheros, "flowery, blooming"), from ἄνθος (ánthos, "flower"). (Wiktionary)


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