cross-fertilizationnoun [ U ]UK usually cross-fertilisation uk /ˌkrɒs.fɜː.tɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkrɑːs.fɝː.t̬ə.ləˈzeɪ.ʃən/
Examples from literature
- And flowers, by their nectar, color, and odor, compete for the visits of insects, which insure cross-fertilization.
- In the greenhouse a hive of bees is kept so that cross-fertilization may go on.
- Pansies are the easiest of plants to grow from seed, and they offer a ready response to experiments with cross-fertilization.
- The colors of flowers seem to exist mainly for the attraction of insects to insure cross-fertilization, and certain insects seem to prefer certain colors.
- Therefore, if nuts for seed are desired, keep each grove of pure strain separate that there may be no deterioration owing to cross-fertilization.