verb (used with object), in·ter·bred, in·ter·breed·ing.

to crossbreed (a plant or animal).
to cause to breed together.

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

to crossbreed.
to breed or mate with a closely related individual, as in a small, closed population.

Nearby words

  1. interblend,
  2. interblock gap,
  3. interbody,
  4. interborough,
  5. interbrain,
  6. interbroker dealer,
  7. intercadence,
  8. intercalary,
  9. intercalary meristem,
  10. intercalary neuron

Origin of interbreed

First recorded in 1855–60; inter- + breed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interbred


verb -breeds, -breeding or -bred

(intr) to breed within a single family or strain so as to produce particular characteristics in the offspring
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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