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Cross-fertilize   Listen
Cross-fertilize  v. t.  (past & past part. cross-fertilized; pres. part. cross-fertilizing)  (Bot.) To fertilize, as the stigmas of a flower or plant, with the pollen from another individual of the same species.

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"Cross-fertilize" Quotes from Famous Books

... them their provident instinct. The jay, by his propensity to carry away and hide things, plants many of our oak and chestnut trees, but who dares say that he does this on purpose, any more than that the insects cross-fertilize the flowers on purpose? Sheep do not take thought of the wool upon their backs that is to protect them from the cold of winter, nor does the fox of his fur. In the tropics sheep cease to grow wool in three ...
— Ways of Nature • John Burroughs

Words linked to "Cross-fertilize" :   cross-fertilise, turn, change state, fertilize, fecundate, cross-fertilization, fertilise, inseminate

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