Cross-fertilize
Cross-fertilize Cross"-fer"ti*lize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cross-fertilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cross-fertilizing}.] (Bot.) To fertilize, as the stigmas of a flower or plant, with the pollen from another individual of the same species. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • cross-fertilize — [krôs΄fʉrt′ l īz΄] vt., vi. cross fertilized, cross fertilizing 1. to fertilize or be fertilized by pollen with different genes 2. a) to fertilize or be fertilized by a male gamete from another animal, as in the mutual exchange of sperm between… …   English World dictionary

  • cross-fertilize — ► VERB 1) fertilize (a plant) using pollen from another plant of the same species. 2) stimulate the development of (something) with an exchange of ideas or information. DERIVATIVES cross fertilization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cross-fertilize — also cross fertilise BrE v [T] 1.) to combine the male sex cells from one type of plant with female sex cells from another 2.) to influence someone or something with ideas from other areas ▪ In a university students live together, encourage,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cross-fertilize — verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive SCIENCE to FERTILIZE one type of plant with POLLEN from a different type of plant in order to produce a new genetic mix 2. ) transitive to add your own ideas, customs, methods, etc. to those of another person… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cross-fertilize — UK / US verb Word forms cross fertilize : present tense I/you/we/they cross fertilize he/she/it cross fertilizes present participle cross fertilizing past tense cross fertilized past participle cross fertilized 1) [intransitive/transitive]… …   English dictionary

  • cross-fertilize — cross fertilizable, adj. /kraws ferr tl uyz , kros /, v., cross fertilized, cross fertilizing. v.t. 1. to cause the cross fertilization of. v.i. 2. to undergo cross fertilization. Also, esp. Brit., cross fertilise. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • cross-fertilize — cross fer·til·ize or Brit cross fer·til·ise fərt əl .īz vb, ized or Brit ised; iz·ing or Brit is·ing vt to accomplish cross fertilization of vi to undergo cross fertilization …   Medical dictionary

  • cross-fertilize — or cross fertilise verb 1》 fertilize (a plant) using pollen from another plant of the same species. 2》 stimulate the development of (something) with an exchange of ideas or information. Derivatives cross fertilization noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • cross-fertilize — v.tr. (also ise) 1 fertilize (an animal or plant) from one of a different species. 2 help by the interchange of ideas etc. Derivatives: cross fertilization n …   Useful english dictionary

  • cross-fertilize — verb Date: 1876 transitive verb to accomplish cross fertilization of intransitive verb to undergo cross fertilization …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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