[in-ter-spee-sheez, -seez]


existing or occurring between species.

Also in·ter·spe·cif·ic [in-ter-spi-sif-ik] /ˌɪn tər spɪˈsɪf ɪk/.

Origin of interspecies

First recorded in 1915–20; inter- + species Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for interspecific



hybridized from, relating to, or occurring between different speciesinterspecific competition
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Word Origin and History for interspecific

1889, from inter- + specific, used here as an adjective from species.

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Science definitions for interspecific



Arising or occurring between species.
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