from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Transfer of pollen from one plant to another; cross-pollination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The transfer of pollen from the anthers of one plant to the stigma of another; cross-pollination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Cross fertilization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.


Greek ξένος (stranger) + Greek γάμος (marriage). Or xeno- + -gamy in modern terms. (Wiktionary)



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