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hybrid vigor

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noun
  1. heterosis.

Origin of hybrid vigor

First recorded in 1915–20
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hybrid vigor

  1. The increased vigor or general health, resistance to disease, and other superior qualities that are often manifested in hybrid organisms, especially plants and animals. Compare inbreeding depression.
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