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English definition of “cross-fertilization”


noun [U] (UK usually cross-fertilisation)     /ˌkrɒs.fɜː.tɪ.laɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkrɑːs.fɝː.t̬ə.lɪ-/
the mixing of the ideas , customs , etc. of different places or groups of people , to produce a better result Mixing and mixturesVariety and mixturesConnecting and combiningGroups and collections of things
(Definition of cross-fertilization noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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