One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Transported by the wind.‘clouds of windborne leaves or pollen’
- ‘Pre-Columbian pottery in the Bahamas is made of windborne deposits of African clay; orchids and other epiphytes growing in the rainforest canopy of the Amazon depend on African dust for a large share of their nutrients.’
- ‘But to caterpillars of all kinds - from luna moths to swallowtails to monarchs - every part of the plant contains poison, including its wind-borne pollen.’
- ‘Their pollens are very heavy and sticky and they are not windborne.’
- ‘Below us in all directions stretched a howling desert of white, stubbled here and there with a few stunted larches leaning at crazy angles against the windborne snow.’
- ‘Some is probably wind-borne, and much of it is carried downriver by seasonal flooding, but most if it is dumped, directly or indirectly, by the inhabitants of York.’
- ‘Elevated sections of roads, including bridges, and sections lying in low ground or where the topography channels windborne cold air, are more prone to freezing and may need special attention.’
- ‘The wind-borne fungus attaches to the leaves of soybean plants and reproduces rapidly, preventing proper plant development and dramatically reduces crop yields if not treated.’
- ‘Windborne hairs released when the seed balls fall apart may cause mild nasal irritation to those with tree allergies.’
- ‘This is rich ground, regularly fertilised by wind-borne shell sand and grazed by cattle, producing an abundance of wild flowers from spring until autumn.’
- ‘It's also possible that midwestern grazing lands are being repopulated each spring by windborne flies from the South.’
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