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noun, plural: anthers

(1) Pollen-bearing structure in the stamen (male organ) of the flower usually located on top of the filament of the stamen.

(2) Plant structure containing the pollen.


Anthers bear the pollen, which when mature is set free by anthers bursting open (dehiscence) or sometimes forming pores.

Word origin: from Ancient Greek anthera, feminine of antheros "flowery," from anthos "flower".

Related forms: antheral (adjective), antherless (adjective).
Related phrases: anther cap, anther culture, Valve - Anther.

Compare: ovule.
See also: flower.