[verb in-ter-kraws, -kros; noun in-ter-kraws, -kros]

verb (used with object)

to cross one with another; place across each other.
to cross (each other), as streets; intersect.
to cross in interbreeding.

verb (used without object)

to cross each other; intersect.
to interbreed.


an instance of cross-fertilization.

Origin of intercross

First recorded in 1705–15; inter- + cross Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intercross

Historical Examples of intercross

  • These strings cross and intercross about furniture and corners of course, and give opportunities for many tte--ttes.

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    Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott

  • The totem that is conceived as an animal ancestor may give way to other fanciful ancestral ideas or may intercross with them.

British Dictionary definitions for intercross


verb, noun

another word for crossbreed
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