- sown by itself, or without human or animal agency, as of a plant grown from seeds dropped from another plant.
- sown by any agency other than humans, as of a plant grown from seeds scattered by birds or the wind.
Origin of self-sown
First recorded in 1600–10
- to sow or propagate itself naturally from seeds that have been dropped.
Also self-seed [self-seed] /sɛlfˈsid/.
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Examples from the Web for self-sown
The next point to be observed is the mention of "self-sown wheat-fields."The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)
His explanation of the self-sown wheat-fields does not seem any happier.In Northern Mists (Volume 2 of 2)
Said of introduced plants which are reproducing by self-sown seeds.Michigan Trees
Charles Herbert Otis
There were self-sown wheat25-3 fields and vines growing there.
Self-sown ones often come up much more vigorously through the hard path than when the seed has fallen within the border.Last Words
Juliana Horatia Ewing
- (of plants) growing from seed dispersed by any means other than by the agency of man or animalsAlso: self-seeded
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