from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as hydrophilia.

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  • noun A form of pollination whereby pollen is distributed by the flow of waters, particularly in rivers and streams.


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  • The flowers of most aquatic angiosperms must be elevated above the water in order for pollination to occur; entomophily is pollination by insects and anemophily is by wind; very rarely does pollen transfer occur underwater (hydrophily).

    Macrophytes 2007


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