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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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Related Words for interbreed

incorporate, mingle, associate, blend, fuse, infuse, stir, weave, amalgamate, synthesize, jumble, braid, transfuse, instill, intermingle, tangle, suffuse, knead, cross, unite

Examples from the Web for interbreed

Historical Examples of interbreed

  • 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


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


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

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