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interbreed

[in-ter-breed]
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verb (used with object), in·ter·bred, in·ter·breed·ing.
  1. to crossbreed (a plant or animal).
  2. to cause to breed together.
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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.
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Origin of interbreed

First recorded in 1855–60; inter- + breed
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Examples from the Web for interbreed

Historical Examples

  • One of the definitions of species is that they will not interbreed and propagate.

    The Other Side of Evolution

    Alexander Patterson

  • Notwithstanding their similarity they do not interbreed when brought together.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • My experience tends to show that the two species will not interbreed.

    Jungle Folk

    Douglas Dewar

  • Or will the two make peace, unite and interbreed, make war on us?

    Student Body

    Floyd L. Wallace

  • The flock was allowed to wander at will and to interbreed freely.

    The Black Fawn

    James Arthur Kjelgaard


British Dictionary definitions for interbreed

interbreed

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 interbreed

v.

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

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