One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant) water-pollinated.
- ‘Aside from the hydrophilous pollination mechanism, the pollen grain morphology is also very distinct.’
- ‘Pollen grains are filamentous and pollination is hydrophilous.’
- ‘During the period of its existence the hydrophilous flora has undergone transformations but preserved many features of natural flora.’
- ‘It seems likely, therefore, not only that most of the nematodes will on analysis turn out to be hydrophilous, but also that in this highly organic but waterlogged soil, they may feed largely on decaying organic matter.’
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