self-pol·​li·​nate ˌself-ˈpä-lə-ˌnāt How to pronounce self-pollinate (audio)
self-pollinated; self-pollinating; self-pollinates

intransitive verb

: to undergo self-pollination

Examples of self-pollinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though both of these self-pollinate, fig production will be exponentially increased by the presence of two or more plants. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 With a standard care routine, Meyer lemon trees are self-pollinating and resistant to many common pests. Kate McGregor, House Beautiful, 7 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-pollinate was in 1890

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“Self-pollinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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