crossbred

adjective

cross·​bred ˈkrȯs-ˈbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio)
: produced by crossbreeding : hybrid
crossbred 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 study also found that the breed of dog matters, as purebred dogs lived approximately eight months longer than crossbred dogs with two or more breeds. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 3 Feb. 2024 This type of crossbred dairy cow can produce 25,000 pounds of milk, and when her milking days are over, she can be slaughtered for premium beef because of body characteristics that make her meat uniform and desirable for eating. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2023 Noriega, of Chapingo Autonomous University, uses the field as a large, open-air laboratory to study the benefits of native versus hybrid – crossbred – corn varieties. Fabiola Sánchez, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2023 Originally crossbred to help farmed pigs grow larger and tolerate the cold temperatures of Canada, a drop in the market about two decades ago led some farmers to let their hybrid pigs run free. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 Feb. 2023 Cosmopolitan chickens will never win over industrial farmers who depend on economies of scale to turn a profit, but Vanmechelen sees a different market for his crossbred chickens. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 14 Oct. 2016 Nearly half of the milk production comes from buffaloes, and a little over a quarter from crossbred cattle, which combine the resilience of indigenous cattle with the higher yields of European breeds. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2022 Monsanto's crossbred produce would avoid such labeling and any attendant stigma. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 29 Jan. 2014 There was a male cocker spaniel, female cockapoo, male lurcher type, also known as a crossbred hound, and a female terrier type. Megan Marples, CNN, 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crossbred was in 1856

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“Crossbred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossbred. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

crossbred

adjective
cross·​bred ˈkrȯs-ˈbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio)
: hybrid entry 2
especially : produced by crossing two pure but different breeds, strains, or varieties

Medical Definition

crossbred

adjective
cross·​bred ˈkrȯs-ˈbred How to pronounce crossbred (audio)
: produced by crossbreeding : hybrid
crossbred noun

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