cross-pollinate

verb cross-pol·li·nate \ ˈkrȯs-ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt \
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

Definition of cross-pollinate

: to subject to cross-pollination
  • Researchers …cross-pollinated Sub1 rice with a high-yielding, flavorful variety called Swarna, which is popular in India and Bangladesh.
  • —Tim Folger
  • In renewing their story option for The Phantom of the Opera on September 17, 1941, Universal Pictures intended to cross-pollinate their two most lucrative genres, horror movies and Deanna Durbin musicals.
  • —Scott MacQueen
: to undergo cross-fertilization
  • … the real reason is that the humidity in the air causes it to cross-pollinate and consequently grow seeds.
  • The New Yorker
  • … a company can determine whether moving its programmers closer to its designers actually improves teamwork, or whether Friday happy hours are a good way to get employees from different departments to cross-pollinate.
  • —Olga Khazan

First Known Use of cross-pollinate

circa 1900


CROSS-POLLINATE Defined for English Language Learners

cross-pollinate

Definition of cross-pollinate for English Language Learners

  • botany : to move pollen from one flower to another


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