interbreed

verb
in·​ter·​breed | \ ˌin-tər-ˈbrēd How to pronounce interbreed (audio) \
interbred\ ˌin-​tər-​ˈbred How to pronounce interbred (audio) \; interbreeding

Definition of interbreed

intransitive verb

: to breed together: such as
b : to breed within a closed population

transitive verb

: to cause to breed together

Examples of interbreed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These were the Neanderthals and Denisovans, archaic humans who interbred with those early moderns, leaving bits of their DNA behind today in the genomes of people of non-African descent. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "Clues to Our Unknown Ancestors Are Hiding in Our Genome," 10 Feb. 2019 Researchers knew that at one point the Tibetan mastiff interbred with a Tibetan subspecies of gray wolf because the two share a genetic mutation that does not appear in the genome of other dog breeds. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Wolves Gave Tibetan Mastiffs Their Mountaineering Genes," 9 Sep. 2019 Doing so allowed him to ask questions that extended far beyond interbreeding to population size and other concerns. Quanta Magazine, "Genetics Spills Secrets From Neanderthals’ Lost History," 18 Sep. 2017 At some point, the wolf interbred with a domestic dog breed, passing along the unique mountaineering gene that persists in the Tibetan mastiff to this day. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Wolves Gave Tibetan Mastiffs Their Mountaineering Genes," 9 Sep. 2019 Denisovans not only interbred with Neanderthals, but with archaic Eurasian humans as well. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Neanderthal-like human relatives had hands similar to modern humans, study says," 5 Sep. 2019 But in the Big Bird story, interbreeding can actually generate something new. Quanta Magazine, "Watching Evolution Happen in Two Lifetimes," 22 Sep. 2016 Recent research suggests the EPAS1 variant was inherited from another archaic hominin through interbreeding more than 45,000 years ago. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "The World Is Our Niche," 3 June 2019 Neanderthal jigsaw Past research had suggested that Neanderthals seemed to be genetically well mixed, interbreeding across Europe and into Asia. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Ancient DNA reveals new twists in Neanderthal migration," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of interbreed

1859, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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interbreed

verb
How to pronounce interbreed (audio)

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 How to pronounce interbreed (audio) \
interbred\ -​ˈbred How to pronounce interbred (audio) \; interbreeding

Medical Definition of interbreed

intransitive verb

: to breed together: as
b : to breed within a closed population

transitive verb

: to cause to breed together

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