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noun [U]     /ˈpɒl.ən/ US  /ˈpɑː.lən/
a powder produced by the male part of a flower that causes the female part of the same type of flower to produce seeds. It is carried by insects or the wind.Plant reproductionFlowers - general wordsFlowers and flowering plants pollinate     /ˈpɒl.ə.neɪt/ US  /ˈpɑː.lə-/ verb [T] Bees pollinate the plants by carrying the pollen from one flower to another.Plant reproduction pollination     /ˌpɒl.əˈneɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌpɑː.lə-/ noun [U] Many species of tree depend on the wind for pollination.Plant reproduction
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