outbreed

verb
out·​breed | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio) , -ˈbrēd \
outbred\ ˈau̇t-​ˌbred How to pronounce outbred (audio) , -​ˈbred \; outbreeding

Definition of outbreed

transitive verb

1 \ ˈau̇t-​ˌbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio) \ : to subject to outbreeding
2 \ ˌau̇t-​ˈbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio) \ : to breed faster than

Examples of outbreed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evidently, the herders somehow outbred or exterminated most of Europe’s original farmers. Jared Diamond, New York Times, "A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story," 20 Apr. 2018 QuiverFull is based on the belief that, like pure white people, good Christians are going out of style because they are being outbred by sinners. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Couple Who Kept Their 13 Children in Chains Begs Question: What Kind of White People Mess Is ‘QuiverFull’?," 17 Jan. 2018 This threat, called outbreeding depression, raises hackles amongst conservation biologists and is a primary argument against using genetic rescue more widely. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!," 27 Apr. 2017 This threat, called outbreeding depression, raises hackles amongst conservation biologists and is a primary argument against using genetic rescue more widely. Laura Poppick, Smithsonian, "Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of outbreed

circa 1909, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outbreed was circa 1909

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“Outbreed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outbreed. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for outbreed

out·​breed | \ -ˈbrēd How to pronounce outbreed (audio) \
outbred\ -​ˈbred How to pronounce outbred (audio) \; outbreeding\ -​ˈbrēd-​iŋ How to pronounce outbreeding (audio) \

Medical Definition of outbreed

1 : to subject to outbreeding
2 : to increase in numbers faster than the increase in (a resource or a competing population) humans may outbreed their food supply

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