self-fertilization

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

self- +‎ fertilization

Noun[edit]

self-fertilization (plural self-fertilizations)

  1. The fertilization of a plant by itself; self-pollination.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.