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English noun: cross-fertilization

1. cross-fertilization (event) fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species


Broader (hypernym)fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation

Narrower (hyponym)allogamy

Antonymsself-fertilisation, self-fertilization

2. cross-fertilization (act) interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial

SamplesThe cross-fertilization of science and the creative arts.


Broader (hypernym)give-and-take, interchange, reciprocation

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