• WordNet 3.6
    • n self-fertilization fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Self-fertilization (Bot) The fertilization of a flower by pollen from the same flower and without outer aid; autogamy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n self-fertilization In botany, the fertilization of a flower by pollen from the same flower. Compare cross-fertilization.
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In literature:

Eschscholtzia, crossing and self-fertility.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Cross-fertilized blossoms defeat self-fertilized flowers in the struggle for existence.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
I have an idea it is not self-fertilizing.
"Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916" by Various
Such species are known as self-fertile.
"Growing Nuts in the North" by Carl Weschcke
The Kragan kings have always provided their own heirs, by self-fertilization.
"Ullr Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper
The Kragan kings have always provided their own heirs, by self-fertilization.
"Uller Uprising" by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
One of the commonest means of avoiding self-fertilization is the maturing of stamens and pistils at different times.
"Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany" by Douglas Houghton Campbell
In the flower where the father and mother part matures at the same time, self-fertilization is the rule.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
When the seeds were ripe he gathered them, carefully keeping those of the self-fertilized flowers separate from the others.
"The Renewal of Life; How and When to Tell the Story to the Young" by Margaret Warner Morley
With this extraordinary power of memory, they combine a fertile fancy, and a boundless share of self-confidence.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Some self-fertilized capsules of a Maxillaria were in a similar state.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Most varieties, however, are found in groups between the two extremes, neither self-fertile nor self-sterile.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The plant multiplies by self-fertilization.
"A Critique of the Theory of Evolution" by Thomas Hunt Morgan
And this again was a fertile source of self-tormenting.
"A Charming Fellow, Volume III (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
There is first the process of self-fertilization.
"The Relations of Science and Religion" by Henry Calderwood
BERG SAGNITZ, Count, on self-fertilization and variability, 177.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol 3 of 3)" by George John Romanes
Flowers, generally speaking, are either self-fertilized, cross-fertilized or hybridized.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
But one of our orchids (the Bee orchis) is self-fertilized.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, December 1879" by Various
Some flowers are self-fertilized, others are cross-fertilized.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis