[kraws-bred, kros-]


produced by crossbreeding.


an animal or group of animals produced by hybridization; hybrid.

Origin of crossbred

First recorded in 1855–60; cross- + bred


[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.


a crossbred.

Origin of crossbreed

First recorded in 1665–75; cross- + breed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crossbred

Contemporary Examples of crossbred

Historical Examples of crossbred

  • These wools are suitable for almost all classes of Merino and crossbred yarns.


    William H. Dooley

  • Bac an Leth-choin (bark an lechun), Shelf of the crossbred dog.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire

    John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot

  • The first test was upon a crossbred sheep with an average fleece.

  • The problem is essentially the same as that of the substitution of the crossbred for the merino.

    Supply and Demand

    Hubert D. Henderson

  • In early times it was the almost universal opinion that crossbred stock had more vitality than pure-bred stock.

    Our Domestic Birds

    John H. Robinson

British Dictionary definitions for crossbred



(of plants or animals) produced as a result of crossbreeding


a crossbred plant or animal, esp an animal resulting from a cross between two pure breedsCompare grade (def. 9), purebred (def. 2)


verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred

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


the offspring produced by such a breeding
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Science definitions for crossbred




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.


An animal or a plant produced by breeding two animals or plants of different species or varieties; a hybrid.
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