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

Origin of crossbreed

First recorded in 1665–75; cross- + breed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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


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