crossbreed

[kraws-breed, kros-]

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.

Origin of crossbreed

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

Historical Examples of cross-breeding

  • 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

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

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