[ self-sohn ]

  1. sown by itself, or without human or animal agency, as of a plant grown from seeds dropped from another plant.

  2. sown by any agency other than humans, as of a plant grown from seeds scattered by birds or the wind.

Origin of self-sown

First recorded in 1600–10

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

How to use self-sown in a sentence

  • Said of introduced plants which are reproducing by self-sown seeds.

    Michigan Trees | Charles Herbert Otis
  • This was cut at its best marketable maturity, and the present young wood is made of what came up self-sown.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll
  • For the fruit of mere lust comes to naught, even as corn, self-sown out of season, ripens not.

    Outlines of Zui Creation Myths | Frank Hamilton Cushing
  • They found there self-sown wheat-fields where there were lowlands, and grapevines wherever hills showed themselves.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883 | The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle
  • The desolation of that garden, choked with weeds and a wild growth of self-sown crops, is indescribable.

    Kitchener's Mob | James Norman Hall

British Dictionary definitions for self-sown


  1. (of plants) growing from seed dispersed by any means other than by the agency of man or animals: Also: self-seeded

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