Pollen grains on a flower.



  • 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.)
  • Fine powder in general, fine flour. (16th-century usage documented by the OED.)


  • To cover with, or as if with, pollen.


  • 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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