[ self-in-kuhm-pat-uh-buhl ]

  1. (of a plant species or cultivar) unable to be fertilized by its own pollen.

Origin of self-incompatible

First recorded in 1915–20; self- + incompatible

Other words from self-incompatible

  • self-in·com·pat·i·bil·i·ty [self-in-kuhm-pat-uh-bil-i-tee], /ˌsɛlf ɪn kəmˌpæt əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun

Words Nearby self-incompatible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for self-incompatible


  1. (of a plant) incapable of self-fertilization because its own pollen is prevented from germinating on the stigma or the pollen tube is blocked before it reaches the egg cell

Derived forms of self-incompatible

  • self-incompatibility, noun

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