[kraws-fur-tl-ahyz, kros-]
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verb (used without object), cross-fer·ti·lized, cross-fer·ti·liz·ing.
  1. to undergo cross-fertilization.
Also especially British, cross-fer·ti·lise.

Origin of cross-fertilize

First recorded in 1875–80
Related formscross-fer·ti·liz·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for cross-fertilize


  1. to subject or be subjected to cross-fertilization
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cross-fertilize in Science


  1. 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.
Related formscross-fertilize verb
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