from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Pollinated by insects.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In phytogeography, parasitic on insects: said of a class of fungi.
  • Literally, insect-loving: applied to flowers in which, on account of their structure, fertilization can ordinarily be effected only by the visits of insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Bot.) Fertilized by the agency of insects; -- said of plants in which the pollen is carried to the stigma by insects.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or pollinated by means of entomophily.

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

  • adjective of flowering plants (especially orchids etc) that are pollinated by insects


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  • Relationship between flowering time and fruit set of the entomophilous alpine shrub, '' Rhododendron aureum '' (Ericaceae), inhabiting snow patches.

    Phenotypic responses of arctic species to changes in climate and ultraviolet-B radiation

  • On the other hand, the slender filaments, versatile anthers, powdery pollen, and elongated protogynous style are features of other species indicating anemophily; while the presence of a degraded corolla shows its ancestors to have been entomophilous.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • _Poterium sanguisorba_ is anemophilous; and _Sanguisorba officinalis_ presumably was so formerly, but has reacquired an entomophilous habit; the whole tribe Poterieae being, in fact, a degraded group which has descended from Potentilleae.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Mr. Allen maintains that "insects are bright where bright flowers exist in numbers, and dull where flowers are rare or inconspicuous;" and he urges that "we can hardly explain this wide coincidence otherwise than by supposing that a taste for colour is produced through the constant search for food among entomophilous blossoms, and that this taste has reacted upon its possessors through the action of unconscious sexual selection."

    Darwinism (1889)

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  • Gramineae among monocotyledons may be ranked with Amentiferae among dicotyledons, as representing orders which have retrograded very far from the entomophilous forms from which they were possibly and probably descended "(p. 266).

    Darwinism (1889)

  • _P. media_, therefore, illustrates, not a primitive entomophilous condition, but a return to it; just as is the case with _Sanguisorba officinalis_ and _Salix Caprea_; but these show no capacity of restoring the corolla, the attractive features having to be borne by the calyx, which is purplish in Sanguisorba, by the pink filaments of Plantago, and by the yellow anthers in the Sallow willow "

    Darwinism (1889)

  • "The genus Plantago, like _Thalictrum minus_, Poterium, and others, well illustrate the change from an entomophilous to the anemophilous state.

    Darwinism (1889)


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