over·​breed ˌō-vər-ˈbrēd How to pronounce overbreed (audio)
overbred; overbreeding; overbreeds

transitive verb

: to breed (a plant or animal) to excess especially without regard to the quality of the breeding stock
overbred dogs

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbreed was circa 1961

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“Overbreed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbreed. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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