Anther (noun)

The part of a stamen in a flower that produces pollen.


Late 19th century: from modern latin anthera, from greek anthērē pollen-sac, from anthos flower.


  1. The anthers of the flower contain the male gametes which will fertilize the female gametes.
  2. The anthers are usually found on the top of the stamen, where they are easily accessible to visiting insects.
  3. The anthers of many flowers release their pollen when they are touched or vibrated by a visiting insect.
  4. In order to ensure successful fertilization, it is important to examine the anthers of a flower to make sure they are mature and producing pollen.
  5. The anthers play a crucial role in the reproduction of plants, as they are responsible for producing the pollen that will fertilize the female reproductive organs.
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