first cross


Definition of first cross

: an animal produced by interbreeding members of two pure breeds contrasted with mongrel and purebred

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First Known Use of first cross

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of first cross was in 1910

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“First cross.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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