1. [ noun ] creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
Synonyms: fertilisation impregnation fertilization
Related terms: creation superfecundation self-fertilization pollination superfetation cross-fertilization impregnate inseminate
2. [ noun ] making fertile as by applying fertilizer or manure
Synonyms: dressing fertilisation fertilization
Related terms: enrichment top_dressing fertilize
Similar spelling:   fecundate