pollen

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See also: Pollen and pol·len

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From Latin pollen (fine flour). (Used by Linnaeus in the 18th century to describe the spores produced in the anthers of flowers.)

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Pollen grains on a flower.

pollen (usually uncountable, plural pollens)

  1. Fine powder in general, fine flour (16th century usage documented by OED; no longer common.)
    • "...and ther was good wyne of Gascoyne,... as well of pollen, as of other vitailes..." Froissart, Jean, 1338?-1410?; Berners, John Bourchier, Lord [1]
  2. A fine granular substance produced in flowers. Technically a collective term for pollen grains (microspores} produced in the anthers of flowering plants. (This specific usage dating from mid 18th century.)
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin pollen.

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pollen n (uncountable)

  1. pollen

Etymology 2[edit]

From English poll.

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pollen (past singular pollde, past participle gepolld)

  1. (computing) to poll, to periodically check the status of a device or variable.
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pollen

  1. Plural form of pol

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pollen m (plural pollens)

  1. pollen

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pollen

  1. (computing) to poll, to periodically check the status of a device or variable.