interbreed

verb
in·​ter·​breed | \ˌin-tər-ˈbrēd \
interbred\ ˌin-​tər-​ˈbred \; interbreeding

Definition of interbreed 

intransitive verb

: to breed together: such as

a : crossbreed

b : to breed within a closed population

transitive verb

: to cause to breed together

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Perri tells Wei-Haas that the scientists expected to find evidence of interbreeding between the pre-contact pups and the new arrivals. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations," 6 July 2018 After a century of interbreeding, California's wild hogs now share features from both varieties of pigs. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "Wild pigs cause millions in damages in California. But hunting them could become easier," 25 June 2018 In return, the aliens want to interbreed with humans to create a hybrid species. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Octavia E. Butler, Who Brought Diversity to the World of Science Fiction, Honored With Google Doodle," 22 June 2018 Each branch, the new study suggests, interbred with the ancestors of living humans. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone," 20 Mar. 2018 In its place, new waves of migration and conquest, interbreeding and replacement, swept westward across the steppe. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Tracing how horse domestication turned the Eurasian Steppe into a highway," 11 May 2018 Some of those clues suggest that interbreeding plays a larger role in the formation of new species than previously thought. Jordana Cepelewicz, Washington Post, "When two different types of birds mated, a new species, Big Bird, was born," 6 Mar. 2018 Another factor in the decreasing wolf population is interbreeding with coyotes. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Red wolves nearing extinction — only 40 left in the wild," 1 May 2018 The birds began interbreeding, swapping their DNA and exchanging genetic traits. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Two species of ravens? Nevermore, quoth the UMBC professor," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of interbreed

1859, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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interbreed

verb

English Language Learners Definition of interbreed

: to cause animals of two different species to produce young animals that are a mixture of the two species

interbreed

verb
in·​ter·​breed | \ˌint-ər-ˈbrēd \
interbred\ -​ˈbred \; interbreeding

Medical Definition of interbreed 

intransitive verb

: to breed together: as

a : crossbreed

b : to breed within a closed population

transitive verb

: to cause to breed together

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