The definition of cross-pollination is when something grows or is stimulated by the introduction of a different element.
When a bee takes pollen from one plant and transfers it to another, this is an example of cross-pollination.
the transfer of pollen from the anther of one flower to the stigma of another with a different genetic composition, as by insects, or deliberately by a botanist
- The transfer of pollen from an anther of a flower of one plant to a stigma of a flower of another plant of the same species. Also called allogamy, xenogamy.
- Influence or inspiration between or among diverse elements: “Jazz is fundamentally the cross-pollination of individual musicians playing together and against each other in small groups” (Ralph de Toledano).