Definition of cross-pollination in US English:

cross-pollination

noun

  • Pollination of a flower or plant with pollen from another flower or plant.

    ‘contamination could happen from cross-pollination during harvest’
    • ‘One great potential danger was genetically modified wild plants gaining resistance to insect pests by cross-pollination.’
    • ‘Even foods grown organically for many years have tested positive for genetic engineering due to cross-pollination.’
    • ‘Blueberries are partially self-fertile, which means they bear some fruit without cross-pollination.’
    • ‘Cross-pollination may cause red rice to become resistant to herbicides.’
    • ‘With apples, bees are essential for cross-pollination.’
    • ‘Last year Jeff grew some 150 pepper varieties side by side this way and had no problems with cross-pollination.’
    • ‘This plant relies on cross-pollination for reproduction.’
    • ‘Corn is wind-pollinated and cross-pollination can occur if not careful.’
    • ‘He will plant two rows of sweetcorn, necessary for cross-pollination, by mid-August.’
    • ‘Many fruit trees require cross-pollination, making them unsuitable for small landscapes.’

Pronunciation

cross-pollination

/ˌkrôsˌpôləˈnāSH(ə)n//ˌkrɔsˌpɔləˈneɪʃ(ə)n/