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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kraws, kros fur-tl-uh-zey-shuh n]
    • /krɔs, krɒs ˌfɜr tl əˈzeɪ ʃən/
    • /krɒs fɜːtɪlaɪˈzeɪʃn/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kraws, kros fur-tl-uh-zey-shuh n]
    • /krɔs, krɒs ˌfɜr tl əˈzeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of cross-fertilization word

  • noun cross-fertilization fertilization by the fusion of male and female gametes from different individuals of the same species 3
  • noun cross-fertilization Biology. the fertilization of an organism by the fusion of an egg from one individual with a sperm or male gamete from a different individual. 1
  • noun cross-fertilization Botany. fertilization of the flower of one plant by a gamete from the flower of a closely related plant (opposed to self-fertilization). 1
  • noun cross-fertilization (not in technical use) cross-pollination. 1
  • noun cross-fertilization interaction or interchange, as between two or more cultures, fields of activity or knowledge, or the like, that is mutually beneficial and productive: a cross-fertilization of scientific and technical disciplines. 1
  • noun cross-fertilization Fertilization by the union of gametes of different plants (sometimes of different species). 0

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Origin of cross-fertilization

First appearance:

before 1875
One of the 25% newest English words
First recorded in 1875-80

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Parts of speech for Cross-fertilization


cross-fertilization popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 34% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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