self-ster·​ile ˌself-ˈster-əl How to pronounce self-sterile (audio)
: sterile to its own pollen or sperm
self-sterility noun

Examples of self-sterile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The odd thing is, an individual specimen of Callery pear is actually self-sterile — a single tree, in the absence of pollen from another individual with different genetics, won’t produce much, if any viable seed. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-sterile was in 1863

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“Self-sterile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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