- to cause the cross-fertilization of.
- to undergo cross-fertilization.
Origin of cross-fertilize
Related Words for cross-fertilizebreed, cross-fertilize, crossbreed, mingle, blend, interbreed, mongrelize, cross-pollinate, cross-mate, intercross
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Historical Examples of cross-fertilize
For instance, a white oak and a bur oak grow near enough for the wind to "cross-fertilize" their pistillate flowers.Trees Worth Knowing
Julia Ellen Rogers
Professor Lake: I can't see any reason, but that if there are present any of the native trees, they are bound to cross-fertilize.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting
Northern Nut Growers Association
- to subject or be subjected to cross-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.