[ kraws-ster-uhl or, especially British, -ahyl, kros- ]

  1. incapable of reproducing due to hybridization.

Origin of cross-sterile

First recorded in 1945–50

Other words from cross-sterile

  • cross-ste·ril·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby cross-sterile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cross-sterile in a sentence

  • But we have already seen that species are usually cross-sterile.

    Evolution | Joseph Le Conte