self-sterile

adjective

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

Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-sterile was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Self-sterile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-sterile. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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