cross-pollinate

verb cross-pol·li·nate \ ˈkrȯs-ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt \

Definition of cross-pollinate

transitive verb
:to subject to cross-pollination

First Known Use of cross-pollinate

circa 1900


CROSS-POLLINATE Defined for English Language Learners

cross-pollinate

verb

Definition of cross-pollinate for English Language Learners

  • botany : to move pollen from one flower to another


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