cross-pollination

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cross-pol·​li·​na·​tion | \ ˌkrȯs-ˌpä-lə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce cross-pollination (audio) \

Definition of cross-pollination

1 : the transfer of pollen from one flower to the stigma of another
2 : cross-fertilization sense 2 cross-pollination of fantasy and realism

First Known Use of cross-pollination

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cross-pollination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross-pollination. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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