Meaning of “cross-fertilization” in the English Dictionary


"cross-fertilization" in English

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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. 

(Definition of “cross-fertilization” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)