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verb (used without object), in·ter·bred, in·ter·breed·ing.
  1. to crossbreed.
  2. to breed or mate with a closely related individual, as in a small, closed population.

Origin of interbreed

First recorded in 1855–60; inter- + breed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred
  1. (intr) to breed within a single family or strain so as to produce particular characteristics in the offspring
  2. another term for crossbreed (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for interbred



1859, from inter- + breed. Related: Interbred; interbreeding.

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