crossbreed

verb
cross·breed | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbrēd, -ˈbrēd\
crossbred\ˈkrȯs-ˌbred, -ˈbred \; crossbreeding

Definition of crossbreed 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: hybridize, cross especially : to cross (two varieties or breeds) within the same species

intransitive verb

: to engage in or undergo hybridization

crossbreed

noun
cross·breed | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbrēd \

Definition of crossbreed (Entry 2 of 2)

: hybrid

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Synonyms for crossbreed

Synonyms: Noun

cross, crossbred, hybrid, intercross, mongrel

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Examples of crossbreed in a Sentence

Noun

a Siamese crossbreed who was atypically black, but had the build and voice of a Siamese

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Doty and her team first crossbred two poplar species. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Treating Toxins with Tree Microbes," 1 Nov. 2017 What’s more, current conservation practices could be causing these genetically distinct species to crossbreed with one another, effectively fusing them into a single species. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: rival giant telescopes, hefty plants, and the mystery behind ‘gluten sensitivity’," 25 May 2018 What’s more, say the authors, current conservation practices could be causing these genetically distinct species to crossbreed with one another, effectively fusing them into a single species. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "The world’s largest amphibian is being bred to extinction," 21 May 2018 For the uninitiated, heirlooms are typically older varieties that have been reproduced from seed for at least three generations without crossbreeding. Jeanette Marantos, latimes.com, "If you're only growing one type of tomato this year, it should be this," 7 Apr. 2018 Another approach, taken by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Queensland, is to crossbreed corals from different places, to create hybrid vigour. The Economist, "Mass die-offs are driving efforts to create hardier corals," 15 Mar. 2018 In search of a genetic basis for these parental behaviors, Bendesky and his colleagues crossbred the two types of mice twice to yield nearly 800 grandpups. Andrea Marks, Scientific American, "Why Some Mice Seem to Make Bad Parents," 1 July 2017 The Batang Toru population occasionally crossbred with their Sumatran cousins, but those interspecies shenanigans stopped almost completely 100,000 years ago, when an erupting volcano cut them off. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Scientists Identify a Third Orangutan Species," 2 Nov. 2017 First rootstock is planted; the varieties Bays uses have been crossbred to withstand various insects, viruses, molds, and wet conditions—Nemaguard, Lovell, and Hansen. Mike Sager, Esquire, "Growing Almonds in the Desert," 25 Feb. 2015

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Pacific Provider is an adventure yacht nestled into its own category, some sort of crossbreed between luxury comfort and rugged maritime freewheeling. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "The Hottest New Boutique Hotel Is Actually a Yacht," 19 Apr. 2018 The pigs may be crossbreeds, and have never met a bellota in their lives. The Economist, "Mis-labelled Ibérico ham makes Spanish foodies squeal," 19 Apr. 2018 Specifically, the restaurant uses Rohan duck, a crossbreed created by the company D'Artagnan that includes Pekin and mallard, among others. Julia Thiel, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Key Ingredient Duck a la Vegemite? Watch chef Brent Balika invent a new classic," 21 Mar. 2018 Albright, the park visitor who was sitting with his three dogs (a Yorkie, a Westie and Pomeranian-poodle crossbreed), said new Alaska and old might not quite have settled their differences, either. Kirk Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Alaskans fear their identity is fading as the internet shrinks distances," 19 Aug. 2017 Mr. Albright, the park visitor who was sitting with his three dogs (a Yorkie, a Westie and a Pomeranian-poodle crossbreed), said new Alaska and old might not quite have settled their differences, either. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "Alaska Warily Eyes Change Bringing Suburbs and Amazon Boxes," 18 Aug. 2017 But many of the crossbreeds live healthy lives, and some have even produced offspring— Ilnar Salakhiev, National Geographic, "Cat Experts: Ligers and Other Designer Hybrids Pointless and Unethical," 24 Feb. 2017 There, on a 500-acre privately owned farm, a handful of csikos breed and work a stable of Furioso-North Star horses, a crossbreed known for both agility and elegance. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "The Danube dozen: How our bagel group sailed through eastern Europe without losing our T-shirts," 14 July 2017 Some were home-schooled, and this crossbreed campus provides a bridge to college life. Susan Christian Goulding, Orange County Register, "Crossbreed campus: Pacific Coast High offers hybrid of online, on-site learning," 12 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of crossbreed

Verb

1675, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1774, in the meaning defined above

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crossbreed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crossbreed

: to make two different kinds of animal breed together

: to mix two kinds of plant to form a new one

crossbreed

verb
cross·breed | \ˈkrȯs-ˌbrēd, -ˈbrēd \
crossbred\-ˌbred, -ˈbred \; crossbreeding

Medical Definition of crossbreed 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: hybridize, cross especially : to cross (two varieties or breeds) within the same species

intransitive verb

: to engage in or undergo crossing or hybridization

crossbreed

noun
cross·breed | \-ˌbrēd \

Medical Definition of crossbreed (Entry 2 of 2)

: hybrid

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