Definition of cross-pollinate in English:

cross-pollinate

Syllabification: cross-pol·li·nate

verb

[with object]
  • Pollinate (a flower or plant) with pollen from another flower or plant.
    More example sentences
    • Further complicating matters, corn is cross-pollinated, and corn pollen can travel fairly long distances, according to some.
    • Some carpels and ovules were only slightly enlarged despite the flowers being cross-pollinated by hand.
    • The bird then spreads the pollen to other B. ringens (commonly known as rat's tails), thereby cross-pollinating the plant species.

Derivatives

cross-pollination

noun
More example sentences
  • All trees were used for both seed and pollen, and each was pollinated using another tree as a pollen source for cross-pollination.
  • In trees 319 and 537, a greater proportion of ovules were fertilized following cross-pollination than self-pollination.
  • Fruits produced by self-pollinations on self-fertile plants, however, contained fewer seeds than fruits produced by cross-pollinations on the same plants.

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