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[ in-ter-breed ]

verb (used with object)

, in·ter·bred, in·ter·breed·ing.
  1. to crossbreed (a plant or animal).
  2. to cause to breed together.

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.


/ ˌɪntəˈbriːd /


  1. intr to breed within a single family or strain so as to produce particular characteristics in the offspring
  2. another term for crossbreed

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Word History and Origins

Origin of interbreed1

First recorded in 1855–60; inter- + breed

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Example Sentences

When apes begin to diverge, for whatever reason, they would have still been able to interbreed with each other because they wouldn’t have been a separate species yet.

Our close relatives like the Neanderthals and Denisovans clearly interbred both with us and each other.

That find indicated that interbreeding outside of Europe dated to as early as 60,000 years ago.

Research has also shown that humans and Neanderthals interbred, and that Neanderthals were a lot more sophisticated than previously thought.

These “dispersal morph” individuals interbreed with other colonies’ members and can potentially establish brand new colonies.

The majority of ornamental ducks interbreed freely in captivity.

That the domestic hog in some places in northern Luzon does thus interbreed with the wild ones is a proved fact.

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

Notwithstanding their similarity they do not interbreed when brought together.

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





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