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  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.
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Origin of self-sown

First recorded in 1600–10


verb (used without object), self-sowed, self-sown or self-sowed, self-sow·ing. Botany.
  1. to sow or propagate itself naturally from seeds that have been dropped.
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Also self-seed [self-seed] /sɛlfˈsid/.
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Historical Examples of self-sown

  • The next point to be observed is the mention of "self-sown wheat-fields."

    The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)

    John Fiske.

  • His explanation of the self-sown wheat-fields does not seem any happier.

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

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • There were self-sown wheat25-3 fields and vines growing there.

  • Self-sown ones often come up much more vigorously through the hard path than when the seed has fallen within the border.

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    Juliana Horatia Ewing

British Dictionary definitions for self-sown


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