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[self-ster-il or, esp. British, -ahyl, self-]
adjective Zoology.
  1. incapable of self-fertilization.
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Origin of self-sterile

First recorded in 1875–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for self-sterile

Historical Examples of self-sterile

  • The variety is self-sterile and must be set near other varieties.

    Manual of American Grape-Growing

    U. P. Hedrick

  • Thus, a variety is often self-sterile in one locality and not in another.

  • It is self-sterile and must be planted with some other variety to set fruit well.

  • Oneida is one of the rare sorts with erect stamens and yet self-sterile.

  • Those which are self-sterile or showing no fruit on covered clusters.