pollen (n.) Look up pollen at Dictionary.com
1760 as a botanical term for the fertilizing element of flowers (from Linnæus, 1751), earlier "fine flour" (1520s), from Latin pollen "mill dust; fine flour," which is related to polenta "peeled barley," and probably to Greek poltos "pap, porridge," Sanskrit pálalam "ground seeds,"but the ultimate origin is uncertain.