from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In botany, cross-fertilization—that is, the impregnation or fecundation of the ovules of a flower with pollen from another flower of the same species, either on the same or (usually) on a different plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) Cross fertilization.
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- noun botany The
transferof pollenfrom the anthersof one plantto the stigmaof another; cross-pollination.
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Greek ξένος (stranger) + Greek γάμος (marriage). Or xeno- + -gamy in modern terms.
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The terms xenogamy, geitonogamy, and autogamy were first suggested by Kerner in
In xenogamy the pollen comes from another PLANT; in geitonogamy from another FLOWER on the same PLANT; in autogamy from the androecium of the fertilised
I wish that I had used some such terms as autogamy, xenogamy, etc ...
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