- to fertilize or be fertilized by pollen with different genes
- to fertilize or be fertilized by a male gamete from another animal, as in the mutual exchange of sperm between individuals in a hermaphroditic species
- to fuse a male and female gamete derived from different varieties or species
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- cross-fertilization noun
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intr. & tr.v. cross-fer·til·ized, cross-fer·til·iz·ing, cross-fer·til·iz·es
To undergo or cause to undergo cross-fertilization.