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[see-nuh-spee-sheez, -seez, sen-uh-]
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noun, plural ce·no·spe·cies. Genetics.
  1. a group of different species the individuals of which produce partially fertile hybrids when crossbred.
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Origin of cenospecies

First recorded in 1920–25; ceno-2 + species
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British Dictionary definitions for cenospecies


noun plural -species
  1. a species related to another by the ability to interbreeddogs and wolves are cenospecies
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek koinos common + species
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