Definitions

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  • n. the agent that pollinates a plant; often an insect
  • n. the plant that is the source of pollen for cross-pollination

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pollenizer.

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

  • n. an insect that carries pollen from one flower to another

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Examples

  • The terms "pollinator" and "pollenizer" are often confused: a pollinator is the agent that moves the pollen, whether it be bees, flies, bats, moths, or birds; a pollenizer is the plant that serves as the pollen source for other plants.

    Pollination

  • A pollinator is the biotic agent (vector) that moves pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma of a flower to accomplish fertilization or '' syngamy '' of the female gamete in the ovule of the flower by the male gamete from the pollen grain.

    Pollinator

  • I don't know, though, that if the pollinator is a different variety, whether the red delicious fruit on my tree will be "true."

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  • A garden established in 1998 at the White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield to attract butterflies has been reclassified as a pollinator project.

    News from www.rep-am.com

  • This is a very special blog, because although it is not actually Dave Lull's blog, it is run by colleagues of his as representatives of the References and Services division of the Duluth (Minnesota) library -- so I am wondering how much longer Dave's blogospheric activities will be limited to being a "delightful cross pollinator" and owner of a tribute blog.

    Libraries

  • You will get a much greater display of fruit if you plant a pollinator of a different cultivar nearby.

    Plant of the week: Euonymus 'Scarlet Wonder'

  • But on the other hand, people all over the world have developed a dependency on the honeybee because it is really the world's premier managed pollinator, noted Berenbaum.

    Bee Expert Honored with Tyler Environmental Prize

  • The scientist notes that the honey bee, besides its important work as a pollinator, makes our lives a little sweeter.

    Bee Expert Honored with Tyler Environmental Prize

  • Apollo, a male selection of the same cross, is the recommended pollinator to produce the showiest berries on the female.

    New crop of hybrid plants demonstrate beauty of ingenuity

  • It is a female selection and requires a pollinator for good fruiting.

    New crop of hybrid plants demonstrate beauty of ingenuity

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  • "We got it wrong. A capitalist economy based on constant, unlimited growth is a reckless fantasy because ecosystems are not limitless -- there are just so many pollinators, so many aquifers, so much fertile soil. In nature, unchecked rapid growth is the ideology of the invasive species and the cancer cell. Growth as an end in itself is ultimately self-destructive."
    - Chip Ward, Too Big to Fail, tomdispatch.com, 20 April 2009.

    April 21, 2009