topcross

noun
top·​cross | \ ˈtäp-ˌkrȯs How to pronounce topcross (audio) \

Definition of topcross

: a cross between a superior or purebred male and inferior female stock to improve the average quality of the progeny also : the product of such a cross

First Known Use of topcross

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Topcross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topcross. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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