crossbreed

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

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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 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, "Heavily Trafficked Songbirds Have a Path Back to Resiliency," 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, "Charlotte Figi, the girl who inspired a CBD movement, has died at age 13," 8 Apr. 2020 Red siskins can crossbreed with canaries to create red canaries, a bird prized by pet owners. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian Magazine, "Heavily Trafficked Songbirds a Victim of Venezuelan Collapse," 6 Apr. 2020 The bulls were named Fuji, Judo, Mazda and Ryusho and their semen, crossbred with female Angus cattle and other North American breeds, spawned the market for domestic Wagyu. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "The cult of Wagyu hits SF restaurants," 16 Jan. 2020 The Grand Canyon bison are descendants of those introduced to the area in the early 1900s as part of a ranching operation to crossbreed them with cattle. USA TODAY, "Cat burglar, prison bats, USS Arizona Memorial: News from around our 50 states," 4 Sep. 2019 That should be obvious, given he’s the reigning NBA MVP and is built like someone crossbred an NFL linebacker with a Slinky and gave him Mickey Mouse’s hands. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Why Isn't Mookie Betts a Household Name? It's Complicated," 16 July 2019 Right now, men’s fashion is Rico Suave crossbred with Ratso Rizzo. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Are Male Celebrities Dressing Like Such Slobs?," 27 Aug. 2018 Doty and her team first crossbred two poplar species. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Treating Toxins with Tree Microbes," 1 Nov. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Both are crossbreeds of Angus cattle and Scottish Highland cows. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "The mental health benefits of cow cuddling," 20 Jan. 2020 Those with pure Florida DNA are believed to be genetically superior to crossbreeds. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Quest for super bass going strong," 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, "The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?," 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, "Sunday Reading: Strange and Extraordinary Creatures," 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, "Women in the US are seen to be as smart as men, but not ready to lead," 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, "In Game of Thrones fans’ pursuit of real-life dire wolves, huskies may pay the price," 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, "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

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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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“Crossbreed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crossbreed. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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crossbreed

verb
How to pronounce crossbreed (audio)

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 crossbred (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)

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