pollen pocket (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, a reservoir for pollen beside a cell in some species of bumblebees; larvae and adults have free access to the pollen.
pollen pot (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, soft cerumen container used to store pollen by stingless bees; larvae do not have direct access to the pollen.
pollen rake (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, a comblike row of bristles at the apex of the hind tibia of a bee; a pecten.
pollen storers (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, bumblebees that temporarily store pollen in abandoned cocoons.
pollex n. [L. pollex, thumb] 1. The thumb. 2. (ARTHRO: In-secta) In Lepidoptera, a finger-like process at the anal angle of the cucullus of Noctuidae. 3. (ARTHRO: Crustacea) see fixed finger.
polliniferous, pollinigerous a. [L. pollen, fine flour; ferre, to carry] Pollen bearing; formed for collecting pollen.
pollinose a. [L. pollen, fine flour; -osus, full of] Covered with a powdery coating.
polyact n. [Gr. polys, many; L. actum, deed] (PORIF) A megas-clere spicule with many rays diverging from a central focus.
polyadenous cercaria (PLATY: Trematoda) Cercaria with a stylet and paired groups of penetration glands.
polyandric a. [Gr. polys, many; aner, male] (ANN: Oli-gochaeta) Having testes in more segments than x-xi.
polyandry n. [Gr. polys, many; aner, male] Females that mate with more than one male. polyandrous a.
polyarthric see multiarticulate polyaxon n. [Gr. polys, many; axon, axle] (PORIF) Spicules with several equal rays radiating from a central point.
polybasic a. [Gr. polys, many; basis, base] 1. Having more than one base. 2. Genera originated on a number of species.
polycentric a. [Gr. polys, many; kentron, point] Having several growth centers or centromeres.
Polychaeta, polychaetes n.; n.pl. [Gr. polys, many; chaite, hair] The largest and very diverse class of the Phylum Annelida; commony called bristle worms, widely distributed throughout the marine environment.
polychromatic a. [Gr. polys, many; chroma, color] Having many colors.
polydelphic a. [Gr. polys, many; delphys, womb] (NEMATA) Having more than four uteri.
polydisk, polydisc n. [Gr. polys, many; diskos, disc] (CNID: Scyphozoa) The process of several ephyrae developing simultaneously, the most mature at the distal end. see monodisk, strobilation.
polydiverticulate a. [Gr. polys, many; L. diverticulum, digression] (ANN) Referring to spermathecae with more than two diverticula.
polydomous a. [Gr. polys, many; domos, house] Inhabiting many abodes or nests. see monodomous.
polyembryony n. [Gr. polys, many; embryon, fetus] The formation of multiple embryos from a single egg. polyem-bryonic a.
polyethism n. [Gr. polys, many; ethisma, habit] (ARTHRO: In-secta) In social insects, the division of labor among members of a colony. see age polyethism, caste polyethism.
polygamy n. [Gr. polys, many; gamein, to marry] Polygyny and/or polyandry. polygamous a. see monogamy.
polygenes n.pl. [Gr. polys, many; pan, all; gennaein, to produce] Genes that jointly, with a group of other genes, control a character. polygenic a. see oligogene.
polygenic a. [Gr. polys, many; genos, descent] Dependent on the interaction of genes; polygenetic. see monogenic.
polygigeriate a. [Gr. polys, many; L. gigerium, gizzard] (ANN) Having several gizzards.
polygonadal a. [Gr. polys, many; gone, seed] (ANN) Having more than four gonads.
polygonal a. [Gr. polys, many; gonia, angle] Having many angles, many sides; more than 4 sided.
polygoneutism n. [Gr. polys, many; gennaein, to produce] The ability to produce several broods in one season. poly-goneutic a.
polygyny n. [Gr. polys, many; gyne, female] 1. The mating of a male with more than one female. see monogamy. 2. (ARTHRO: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, the coexistance of several to many queens in the same colony. a. Primary polygyny: Two or more queens found a colony together. b. Secondary polygyny: One queen founds a colony with others added after the colony is founded. polygynous a.
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