cenospecies

[ see-nuh-spee-sheez, -seez, sen-uh- ]

noun,plural ce·no·spe·cies.Genetics.
  1. a group of different species the individuals of which produce partially fertile hybrids when crossbred.

Origin of cenospecies

1
First recorded in 1920–25; ceno-2 + species

Words Nearby cenospecies

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British Dictionary definitions for cenospecies

cenospecies

/ (ˈsiːnəˌspiːʃiːz) /


nounplural -species
  1. a species related to another by the ability to interbreed: dogs and wolves are cenospecies

Origin of cenospecies

1
C20: from Greek koinos common + species

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