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crossbreed

[kraws-breed, kros-]
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verb (used with object), cross·bred, cross·breed·ing.
  1. to produce (a hybrid); hybridize.
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verb (used without object), cross·bred, cross·breed·ing.
  1. to undertake or engage in hybridizing; hybridize.
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noun
  1. a crossbred.
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Origin of crossbreed

First recorded in 1665–75; cross- + breed
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Examples from the Web for cross-breeding

Historical Examples

  • The cross-breeding of stock was another subject he had taken up.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • In the animal kingdom the mule is a common example of this cross-breeding.

    Agriculture for Beginners

    Charles William Burkett

  • Both the wool and the mutton have been improved by cross-breeding with good stock.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • But the Japanese had, so far as can be ascertained, little advantage from cross-breeding.

  • But the product of a hundred years of cross-breeding was a splendid type of citizenship.

    The Old Northwest

    Frederic Austin Ogg


British Dictionary definitions for cross-breeding

crossbreed

verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred
  1. Also: interbreed to breed (animals or plants) using parents of different races, varieties, breeds, etc
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noun
  1. the offspring produced by such a breeding
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cross-breeding in Science

crossbreed

[krôsbrēd′]
Verb
  1. To produce a hybrid animal or plant by breeding two animals or two plants of different species or varieties. For example, crossbreeding a male donkey with a female horse will produce a mule.
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Noun
  1. An animal or a plant produced by breeding two animals or plants of different species or varieties; a hybrid.
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cross-breeding in Culture

cross-breeding

hybridization.

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