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pollen (n.)

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.

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Definitions of pollen from WordNet

pollen (n.)
the fine spores that contain male gametes and that are borne by an anther in a flowering plant;
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