entomophilous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj entomophilous of flowering plants (especially orchids etc) that are pollinated by insects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Entomophilous (Bot) Fertilized by the agency of insects; -- said of plants in which the pollen is carried to the stigma by insects.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • entomophilous Literally, insect-loving: applied to flowers in which, on account of their structure, fertilization can ordinarily be effected only by the visits of insects.
    • entomophilous In phytogeography, parasitic on insects: said of a class of fungi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Entomophilous insect-loving—of such flowers as are specially adapted for fertilisation by the agency of insects
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. insect + a lover
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. entoma, insects, logia, a discourse, phagein, to eat, philein, to love, taxis, arrangement, temnein, to cut.