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