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

Definition of crossbred

: produced by crossbreeding : hybrid

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

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a beautiful crossbred dog who had the pleading eyes of a beagle and the body of a greyhound

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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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The first known use of crossbred was in 1856

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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