[kraws-fur-tl-uh-zey-shuh n, kros-]
- Biology. the fertilization of an organism by the fusion of an egg from one individual with a sperm or male gamete from a different individual.
- Botany. fertilization of the flower of one plant by a gamete from the flower of a closely related plant (opposed to self-fertilization).
- (not in technical use) cross-pollination.
- interaction or interchange, as between two or more cultures, fields of activity or knowledge, or the like, that is mutually beneficial and productive: a cross-fertilization of scientific and technical disciplines.
Origin of cross-fertilization
First recorded in 1875–80
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Examples from the Web for cross-fertilization
But the cross-fertilization of advertising and art also worked the other way.Charles Saatchi: From Saatchi & Saatchi to Allegedly Choking Nigella Lawson
June 18, 2013
Knight, Andrew:—On the divination of flowers, 108;theory of cross-fertilization, 115.
Let us consider the flower simply as a device to insure its own cross-fertilization.
The mechanism of their cross-fertilization is the same in all, with only slight modifications.
Cross-fertilization is necessary to some plants and beneficial to all.
Cross-fertilization is the advantage the tree gains for all it gives.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
- fertilization by the fusion of male and female gametes from different individuals of the same speciesCompare self-fertilization
- The fertilization that occurs when the nucleus of a male sex cell from one individual joins with the nucleus of a female sex cell from another individual. In plants, cross-pollination is an example of cross-fertilization. Also called allogamy Compare self-fertilization.
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