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chiefly British English spelling of fertilization. For spelling, see -ize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The fact is that neither of these plants being indigenous, they are not perfectly adapted for fertilisation by British insects.

  • fertilisation marks the striking of the death-blow to all that went before.

    Parables of the Christ-life I. Lilias Trotter
  • An examination of the grasses will show at once that they are adapted for fertilisation by the wind.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • The Snapdragon is especially adapted for fertilisation by Humble Bees.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • See Darwin's fertilisation of Orchids for the many extraordinary and complex arrangements in these plants.

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • Such differences will, of course, be introduced at the time of fertilisation.

    Embryology Gerald R. Leighton
  • Taking frogs' eggs immediately after fertilisation, I compressed them strongly between parallel, horizontally placed glass plates.

  • There was further, as we may suppose, a gain in certainty of fertilisation.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others
  • I have already alluded to the various ways in which flowers are adapted to fertilisation by insects.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • Thus his original interest in the fertilisation of flowers was evolutionary.

    Darwin and Modern Science A.C. Seward and Others

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