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self-sown

[self-sohn] /ˈsɛlfˈsoʊn/
adjective
1.
sown by itself, or without human or animal agency, as of a plant grown from seeds dropped from another plant.
2.
sown by any agency other than humans, as of a plant grown from seeds scattered by birds or the wind.
Origin of self-sown
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10

self-sow

[self-soh] /sɛlfˈsoʊ/
verb (used without object), self-sowed, self-sown or self-sowed, self-sowing. Botany.
1.
to sow or propagate itself naturally from seeds that have been dropped.
Also, self-seed [self-seed] /sɛlfˈsid/ (Show IPA).
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  • The next point to be observed is the mention of "self-sown wheat-fields."

  • His explanation of the self-sown wheat-fields does not seem any happier.

  • 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
  • The self-sown plants are said to be stronger than the hand-sown ones, and may be transplanted for the next year's blooming.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • It has therefore been supposed that the “self-sown wheat-fields” of Wineland might have been the American cereal maize.

  • She kept looking along the road which showed itself between the self-sown birches that clothed the valley.

    Mrs. Dorriman, Volume 1 of 3 Julie Bosville Chetwynd
  • This ditch or drain, now smooth and greyish-green with bent and self-sown saplings, is still known as the Sapper's Cut.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • In very many instances, seed, of course, self-sown has become rooted and grown vigorously on unplowed land.

British Dictionary definitions for self-sown

self-sown

adjective
1.
(of plants) growing from seed dispersed by any means other than by the agency of man or animals Also self-seeded
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