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crossbreed

[ kraws-breed, kros- ]
/ ˈkrɔsˌbrid, ˈkrɒs- /
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verb (used with object), cross·bred, cross·breed·ing.

to produce (a hybrid); hybridize.

verb (used without object), cross·bred, cross·breed·ing.

to undertake or engage in hybridizing; hybridize.

noun

a crossbred.

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RELATED WORDS

land, join, copulate, couple, wed, serve, procreate, merge, yoke, pair, tie, generate, match, cohabit, crossbreed, breed, cross-fertilize, mingle, blend, interbreed

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crossbolt lock, crossbones, crossbow, crossbowman, crossbred, crossbreed, crossbuck, crosscheck, crosscourt, crosscurrent, crosscut

Origin of crossbreed

First recorded in 1665–75; cross- + breed
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British Dictionary definitions for cross-breeding

crossbreed

/ (ˈkrɒsˌbriːd) /

verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred

Also: interbreed to breed (animals or plants) using parents of different races, varieties, breeds, etc

noun

the offspring produced by such a breeding
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Science definitions for cross-breeding

crossbreed

[ krôsbrēd′ ]

Verb

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.

Noun

An animal or a plant produced by breeding two animals or plants of different species or varieties; a hybrid.
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Culture definitions for cross-breeding

cross-breeding


hybridization.

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