crossbred

adjective
cross·​bred | \ ˈkrȯs-ˈbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio) \

Definition of crossbred

: produced by crossbreeding : hybrid

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Other Words from crossbred

crossbred \ ˈkrȯs-​ˌbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio) \ noun

Examples of crossbred in a Sentence

a beautiful crossbred dog who had the pleading eyes of a beagle and the body of a greyhound
Recent Examples on the Web The vast majority of captive tigers are crossbred hybrids, so they aren’t identified as members of one of the six tiger subspecies—the Bengal tiger, Amur tiger, South China tiger, Sumatran tiger, Indochinese tiger, and Malayan tiger. Popular Science, "‘Tiger King’ would have been more disturbing if it had focused on the big cat trade," 8 Apr. 2020 Over the past half century, for example, mainstream realistic novels have lost their once privileged centrality to crossbred works that draw inspiration from fantasy and science fiction, crime novels, pornography and the western. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A celebration of the outsiders and outcasts who have made music great," 16 Oct. 2019 People could meet the Farm Museum’s newest oxen, Jack and Jim, and meet Bud and Bo, Angus crossbred steers. Shiela Johnson, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "At Fall Harvest Celebration, families enjoy new playground, hay rides, more at Carroll County Farm Museum," 12 Oct. 2019 By the 1930s, the ranch was running 6,670 head of crossbred range cattle on the lease while Marks maintained a separate herd of 500 pure Texas longhorns, the historical association said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "'Lost empire': Video shows how Houston's historic LH7 ranch changed over the years," 15 July 2019 Video Link Embed Code Facebook Twitter Email Ben Bezner and his European crossbred steer named Mufasa take the grand champion honors in the junior steer competition Friday afternoon at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "The first shots have been fired in a beef war over the proliferation of ‘fake meat’ | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 Feb. 2018 E.M. Muhammed, a breeding expert, has been experimenting with an indigenous strain of miniature cattle that produce less milk than typical crossbred cows but are much better able to stand very hot weather. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "India’s Answer to Global Warming: Cows That Belch Less," 3 May 2016 To uncover the underlying genetics of this quintessential example of natural selection, University of Liverpool scientists crossbred lines of black and speckled moths. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, "Dark Wings Decoded," 15 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of crossbred

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossbred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossbred. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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crossbred

adjective
cross·​bred | \ ˈkrȯs-ˈbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio) \

Medical Definition of crossbred

: produced by crossbreeding : hybrid

Other Words from crossbred

crossbred \ -​ˌbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio) \ noun

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