cross-fertilise love



from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to undergo cross-fertilization
  • v. undergo cross-fertilization; become fertile


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  • Most years, she writes a couple of long magazine stories for the New York Times, and the two forms, the insularity of novel-writing, and the external movement of journalism, cross-fertilise, although she is wary of using the journalism as a displacement activity.

    A life in writing: Jennifer Egan

  • These three currents are certainly not water-tight compartments, they continuously cross-fertilise and influence each other, and they characteristically (and usually correctly) present themselves in hybrid forms.

    Not just an "angry group of people"

  • There is no single journal, web site or forum that brings together and integrates them, and thereby enables Mondragon scholars to be made aware of what one another are doing, compare notes and cross-fertilise their respective insights.

    Mondragon:Past Performance and Future Potential

  • He noticed the curious adaptation of the structure of many flowers to the particular insects which visit them; he proved that insects do cross-fertilise flowers, and he believed that this was the object of the adaptations, while the presence of nectar and pollen ensured the continuance of their visits; yet he missed discovering the _use_ of this cross-fertilisation.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • No cause has yet been suggested but the need of attracting insects to cross-fertilise them; yet the attractiveness of regular flowers with bright colours and an ample supply of nectar is equally great, and cross-fertilisation can be quite as effectively secured in these by any of the four simple methods already described.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Among the most extraordinary modifications of flower structure adapted to bird fertilisation are the species of Marcgravia, in which the pedicels and bracts of the terminal portion of a pendent bunch of flowers have been modified into pitchers which secrete nectar and attract insects, while birds feeding on the nectar, or insects, have the pollen of the overhanging flowers dusted on their backs, and, carrying it to other flowers, thus cross-fertilise them (see Illustration).

    Darwinism (1889)

  • Allowing for all the circumstances which are known to prevent the production of seed, such as too great luxuriance of foliage, too little or too much heat, or the absence of insects to cross-fertilise the flowers, Mr. Darwin shows that many species which grow and flower with us, apparently in perfect health, yet never produce seed.

    Darwinism (1889)

  • They had a very similar profile and they said, 'Hang on a minute, there are winter sports which could produce medals if we cross-fertilise ideas from summer sports, like trampolining and gymnastics, to help a sport like freestyle skiing'. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • "We are our own answer, we need to cross-fertilise and take heed to what we all are saying."


  • We're also very keen to cross-fertilise the very best ideas and insights from Europe to the US, vice versa, and, indeed, globally as marketing and commerce become increasingly digital. "

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