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Definition of cross-fertilize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cross-fertilize
    he / she / it cross-fertilizes
    past simple cross-fertilized
    -ing form cross-fertilizing
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  1. 1cross-fertilize something (biology) to fertilize a plant using pollen from a different plant of the same species Unlike other cereals, rye is cross-fertilized.
  2. 2cross-fertilize something to help something develop in a useful or positive way by mixing ideas from a different area The study of psychology has recently been widely cross-fertilized by new discoveries in genetics.
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noun [uncountable, singular]
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