[kraws-pol-uh-ney-shuh n, kros-]
- Botany. the transfer of pollen from the flower of one plant to the flower of a plant having a different genetic constitution.Compare self-pollination.
- a sharing or interchange of knowledge, ideas, etc., as for mutual enrichment; cross-fertilization.
Origin of cross-pollination
First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for cross-pollination
What are your experiences, from the practical publishing side, of your diversity of book types and cross-pollination of genres?How I Write: Jonathan Lethem
September 25, 2013
All this cross-pollination prompted Politico on Tuesday to question whether Obama and Facebook are getting too cozy.Facebook Woos Washington
April 20, 2011
Others set no fruit whatsoever if cross-pollination is not provided for.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
What devices are there among the Orchids to bring about cross-pollination?
Cross-pollination, be it remembered, is not a cure-all for failures to set fruit.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
Here also cross-pollination must take place if seeds are to be formed.
Flies and some other insects are agents in cross-pollination.
- the transfer of pollen from the anthers of one flower to the stigma of another flower by the action of wind, insects, etcCompare self-pollination
Word Origin and History for cross-pollination
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The transfer of pollen from the male reproductive organ (an anther or a male cone) of one plant to the female reproductive organ (a stigma or a female cone) of another plant. Insects and wind are the main agents of cross-pollination. Most plants reproduce by cross-pollination, which increases the genetic diversity of a population (increases the number of heterozygous individuals). Mechanisms that promote cross-pollination include having male flowers on one plant and female flowers on another, having pollen mature before the stigmas on the same plant are chemically receptive to being pollinated, and having anatomical arrangements (such as stigmas that are taller than anthers) that make self-pollination less likely.
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