pseudocopulation

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Etymology[edit]

pseudo- +‎ copulation

Noun[edit]

pseudocopulation (uncountable)

  1. (biology) Any of various processes, amongst diverse animals, in which male gametes are passed from one individual to another
  2. (biology) The process by which an insect (such as a bee) attempts to mate with a flower (such as an orchid) that mimics a female insect, and in doing so pollinates the plant