crossbreed

verb
cross·​breed | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌbrēd How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) , -ˈbrēd \
crossbred\ ˈkrȯs-​ˌbred How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) , -​ˈbred How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) \; 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 How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) \

Definition of crossbreed (Entry 2 of 2)

: hybrid

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Synonyms for crossbreed

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The herd in Grand Canyon National Park is believed to be made up of direct descendants of the bison introduced to the area by Charles Jones, known as Buffalo Jones, in the 1900s as a ranching experiment to crossbreed bison and cattle. Azi Paybarah New York Times, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Waterfowl crossbreed more than any other bird—more than 400 combinations of hybrid waterfowl have been recorded. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 These two species are the most common ducks to crossbreed. Ryan Chelius, Outdoor Life, 1 Mar. 2021 The chimeras, or hybrid creatures, that populate Veronica Barker-Barzel’s art crossbreed the banal and the fantastic. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2020 In 1906 Jones carted 86 of them from Kansas to Arizona, as a ranching experiment to crossbreed with cattle. Outdoor Life, 24 Nov. 2020 Red siskins can crossbreed with canaries to create red canaries, a bird long-prized by pet owners across Europe and in the United States. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2020 The Stanley brothers, marijuana growers in Colorado, were crossbreeding a strain of marijuana high in CBD and low in THC, its psychoactive ingredient. Mallory Simon, CNN, 8 Apr. 2020 Red siskins can crossbreed with canaries to create red canaries, a bird prized by pet owners. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both are crossbreeds of Angus cattle and Scottish Highland cows. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2020 Those with pure Florida DNA are believed to be genetically superior to crossbreeds. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2020 Gantz’s only option was to blindly engineer, and crossbreed, scores of flies, in hopes that two carrying the recessive mutation would eventually find each other and mate. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2020 Ariel Levy explores the phenomenon of half-wild feline crossbreeds, and Ian Frazier examines the alarming proliferation of feral hogs in the South. The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2019 Mitt Romney is heading to the Senate now despite being a crossbreed of a career executive and a Brooks Brothers mannequin. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartz at Work, 22 July 2019 On Game of Thrones, the extinct wolves are played by Northern Inuit dogs (a crossbreed related to huskies and German shepherds that was selectively bred to resemble wolves) and an arctic wolf. National Geographic, 6 May 2019 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, 19 Apr. 2018 The pigs may be crossbreeds, and have never met a bellota in their lives. The Economist, 19 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of crossbreed was in 1675

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16 May 2021

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“Crossbreed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossbreed. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) \
crossbred\ -​ˌbred, -​ˈbred How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) \; 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 How to pronounce crossbreed (audio) \

Medical Definition of crossbreed (Entry 2 of 2)

: hybrid

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