Definition of cross-pollinate in English:

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[with object]
Pollinate (a flower or plant) with pollen from another flower or plant.
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.

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Syllabification: cross-pol·li·nate

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