Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To transfer pollen from an anther to the stigma of (a flower).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To apply pollen to (a stigma).
  • adj. Pollinose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pollinose.
  • transitive v. To apply pollen to (a stigma).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In botany, to convey pollen to the stigma of; pollenize. See pollination.

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

  • v. fertilize by transfering pollen

Etymologies

New Latin pollen, pollin-, pollen (from Latin, fine flour) + -ate1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Since we rely on bees to pollinate about one-third of our food base, the loss would reduce availability of those foods and increase prices.

    New research on honeybee illness

  • It is specifically because I’m a carrier of raconteur’s disease, in its most virulent form, that I have come to realize that one can never really cross-pollinate the act of live storytelling with its literary reflection.

    An Interview with Thomas Steinbeck

  • I wish there were more "summit" events like this that cross-pollinate the sf/fantasy art and literary world with the world-at-large.

    MIND MELD: What Can Worldcon and Comic-Con Learn From Each Other?

  • This would seem a trifling amount considering honey bees pollinate the majority of our fruits and vegetables and have been experiencing serious population decline.

    Edward Flattau: Frivolous Pork

  • From the one came the many, begot or pollinate by inspiration or its lack: Alamo RentaCar begat AlamoDome begat Alamo Frozen Burrito which in turn was father to Alamo Bowlarama.

    Alamo Rag

  • As a rule, beans pollinate themselves so you don't have to worry about unwanted hybrids, courtesy of an earnest bee.

    Groundwork: Beans, cute and dried

  • To pollinate most plum trees, bees are released into a covering wood and plastic structure, along with pollen-bearing bouquets from other plum or apricot trees.

    When Apricot Met Plum...

  • However, it needs the support, both of the local environment and of the government institutions, to take root and pollinate other would-be innovators.

    Muhammad H. Zaman: Engineering a Healthy Tomorrow for the Poorest Billion

  • To attract male wasps to pollinate them, the orchids not only look like an insect Marilyn Monroe, they exude a fragrance even more bewitching than the real sexual attractant of the females they're mimicking.

    Kenny Ausubel: The Sting: Social Biomimicry and The Role of Fraud in Nature

  • Honeybees have “flower memory” and remember exactly where they already have been to pollinate a flower.

    The Memory Palace

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