To pollinate is to move the pollen from one plant to another. When a bee, for example, pollinates a flower, it helps the plant reproduce. You know what they say about the birds and the bees…

In some cases, plants pollinate with the help of the wind, while often it takes an insect or bird moving the grainy substance called pollen between plants. This process involves pollen being transferred to the female parts of a plant, where fertilization takes place. Pollinate comes from the Latin word pollination, and its root, pollen, or “fine flour.”

Definitions of pollinate
  1. verb

    fertilize by transfering pollen

    cross-pollinate, pollenate
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    type of:

    fecundate, fertilise, fertilize, inseminate

    introduce semen into (a female)

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