One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant) wind-pollinated.
- ‘In addition, a very detailed pollen record has been obtained for this anemophilous species, because it has colonized western and northern Europe relatively late during the Holocene.’
- ‘A basic uniformity in floral as well as vegetative characters probably relates to an anemophilous habit.’
- ‘Generally, starchy pollen has been considered a feature of wind-pollinated (anemophilous) flowering plants, whereas insect-pollinated species show a greater or lesser replacement of starch by sugar or lipids.’
- ‘Members of the Glumiflorae are anemophilous, or ‘wind-loving.’’
Late 19th century: from Greek anemos ‘wind’ + -philous (see -philia).
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