cross-pollination

noun
cross-pol·li·na·tion | \ˌkrȯs-ˌpä-lə-ˈnā-shən \

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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