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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individuals of the same species.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of cross-fertilization.

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  • noun interchange between different cultures or different ways of thinking that is mutually productive and beneficial
  • noun fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species


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  • The exhibition will examine the influence that one artist may exert upon their partner, and the cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques.

    Creative encounters of the artistic kind – couples get together to collaborate

  • The university building has been designed with cross-fertilisation in mind, so the formerly sequestered departments have been encouraged by its architecture to collaborate and compete for attention: the fashion studios with their rows of half-dressed mannequins look over at the rigour of graphic design; fine arts gazes loftily down on the weaving room of the textile department, in which banks of looms display the threads of intricate pattern-making.

    Even in straitened times, we must encourage, not stifle, creativity | Tim Adams

  • Such wholesale cross-fertilisation of musical conventions owes a lot to new technology, according to Jeremy Pritchard, bass player and co-writer with Mercury-nominated alternative rock band Everything Everything.

    Is music tribalism dead?

  • I'd like to think of this non-theatrical archive of memories as a good thing; a cross-fertilisation of our performance vocabulary that introduces completely different yet complementary conventions to those of traditional theatre: different expectations as to what is achievable through the live encounter and how you should go about constructing one.

    Could a war game and a stage set be the perfect match?

  • Yet it is crucial for the cross-fertilisation of literature and for Maureen Freely, it has become a deeply satisfying life's work

    How I got lost in translation and found my true calling

  • These complex patterns of cross-fertilisation would end overnight if it were not for literary translators and the publishers who support them.

    How I got lost in translation and found my true calling

  • Sawhney could really be a national emblem of the open-minded, saucy cross-fertilisation that has taken off in our cities and he has said today he feels "greatly honoured" by his new role and adds that he wants to bring "ever more varied and challenging work to wider audiences".

    Nitin Sawhney to become associate director at Sadler's Wells

  • Look at it another way and this also gives them (all) an underlying unity (as pulp) which should point us on, I think, to the historical and aesthetic processes that went into the segregation of fiction into "pulp" and "literature" in the first place and the subsequent segregation of pulp into distinct genres, processes which also factor into the tendencies towards cross-fertilisation and reunification.

    Freeform Critique

  • Cultural cross-fertilisation between India and the west existed long before 1966, when George Harrison visited Ravi Shankar in Varanasi and long before Shankar himself first visited Paris as a teenager while touring with his brother in the 30s.


  • While the exhibition ostensibly charts in part the great German Renaissance artist's creative cross-fertilisation with his Italian contemporaries, any excuse is welcome to get another glimpse of his engravings, surely some of the most sensitively skilful pieces of printmaking of all time.

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