hybrid

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noun hy·brid \ˈhī-brəd\

Definition of hybrid

  1. 1 :  an offspring of two animals or plants of different races (see 3race 3a), breeds, varieties, species, or genera a hybrid of two roses

  2. 2 :  a person whose background is a blend of two diverse cultures or traditions

  3. 3a :  something heterogeneous in origin or composition :  composite hybrids of complementary DNA and RNA strands a hybrid of medieval and Renaissance stylesb :  something (such as a power plant, vehicle, or electronic circuit) that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function drives a hybrid that gets really good mileage

hybrid

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hybridism

play \ˈhī-brə-ˌdi-zəm\ noun

hybridity

play \hī-ˈbri-də-tē\ noun

Examples of hybrid in a Sentence

  1. a hybrid of two roses

  2. The band plays a hybrid of jazz and rock.

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Origin and Etymology of hybrid

Latin hybrida

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HYBRID Defined for English Language Learners

hybrid

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Definition of hybrid for English Language Learners

  • : an animal or plant that is produced from two animals or plants of different kinds

  • : something that is formed by combining two or more things


HYBRID Defined for Kids

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hybrid

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noun hy·brid \ˈhī-brəd\

Definition of hybrid for Students

  1. 1 :  an animal or plant whose parents differ in some hereditary characteristic or belong to different groups (as breeds or species)

  2. 2 :  something that is of mixed origin or composition The car is a hybrid that runs on gas or electricity.


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adjective hy·brid

Definition of hybrid for Students

  1. :  of mixed origin :  of or relating to a hybrid hybrid species


Medical Dictionary

hybrid

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noun hy·brid \ˈhī-brəd\

Medical Definition of hybrid

  1. 1:  an offspring of two animals or plants of different races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera

  2. 2:  something heterogeneous in origin or composition artificial hybrids of DNA and RNA somatic cell hybrids of mouse and human cells

hybrid

adjective

hybridism

\-brə-ˌdiz-əm\play noun

hybridity

\hī-ˈbrid-ət-ē\play noun plural

hybridities


Law Dictionary

hybrid

adjective hy·brid \ˈhī-brid\

Legal Definition of hybrid

  1. :  consisting of diverse components: as a :  of, relating to, or being a lawsuit brought by an employee under the Labor Management Relations Act against both the employer for breach of contract and the union for breach of the duty of fair representation b :  of, relating to, or being representation of a criminal defendant in which the defendant represents himself or herself with the assistance of a lawyer



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