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cross-fertilization

Definitions of cross-fertilization
  1. noun
    fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
    synonyms: cross-fertilisation
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    Antonyms:
    self-fertilisation, self-fertilization
    fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
    types:
    allogamy
    cross-fertilization in plants
    type of:
    fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation
    creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
  2. noun
    interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial
    “the cross-fertilization of science and the creative arts”
    synonyms: cross-fertilisation
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    type of:
    give-and-take, interchange, reciprocation
    mutual interaction; the activity of reciprocating or exchanging (especially information)
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