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[kraws-pol-uh-neyt, kros-] /ˈkrɔsˈpɒl əˌneɪt, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object), cross-pollinated, cross-pollinating.
to subject to cross-pollination.
Origin of cross-pollinate
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cross-pollinate
  • Most vegetables and kitchen herbs are also acceptable, since they do not easily cross-pollinate or hybridize with native plants.
  • Seed producers must keep in mind that varieties of the same species will cross-pollinate with other varieties of the same species.
  • Pollen coated the insects' bodies, providing the first evidence that thrips species help cross-pollinate mahogany trees.
  • When those plants flower, they will be put into net cages with honey bees to cross-pollinate them to produce seed.
  • Most fruit crops must cross-pollinate to produce seeds.
  • There's a chance to cross-pollinate with other commissions and committees and to keep exploring opportunities for that.
  • Garlic mustard can self-pollinate or cross-pollinate.
  • Bumblebees have been known to tear bean flowers open and cross-pollinate flowers before self-pollination has occurred.
  • Well, it is genetically impossible for corn to cross-pollinate with another variety other than corn.
British Dictionary definitions for cross-pollinate


to subject or be subjected to cross-pollination
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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