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[in-ter-breed] /ˌɪn tərˈbrid/
verb (used with object), interbred, interbreeding.
to crossbreed (a plant or animal).
to cause to breed together.
verb (used without object), interbred, interbreeding.
to crossbreed.
to breed or mate with a closely related individual, as in a small, closed population.
Origin of interbreed
First recorded in 1855-60; inter- + breed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The flock was allowed to wander at will and to interbreed freely.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • One of the definitions of species is that they will not interbreed and propagate.

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • This will occur whenever they are of very different constitution; thus it is that widely differing species will not interbreed.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • My experience tends to show that the two species will not interbreed.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Moreover, species which differ only in colour seem usually to interbreed in those parts where they meet.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • Or will the two make peace, unite and interbreed, make war on us?

    Student Body Floyd L. Wallace
  • Notwithstanding their similarity they do not interbreed when brought together.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Of these, there are three sorts which keep apart from each other, and are thought not to interbreed.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • This species will, however, interbreed with the domestic cat.

  • All mankind can interbreed freely, can learn to understand the same speech, can adapt itself to co-operation.

British Dictionary definitions for interbreed


verb -breeds, -breeding, -bred
(intransitive) to breed within a single family or strain so as to produce particular characteristics in the offspring
another term for crossbreed (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interbreed

1859, from inter- + breed. Related: Interbred; interbreeding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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