[verb out-kraws, -kros; noun out-kraws, -kros]

verb (used with object)

to cross (animals or plants) by breeding individuals of different strains but, usually, of the same breed.
to produce (a hybrid) by this method.


a hybrid animal or plant so produced.
an act of outcrossing.

Nearby words

  1. outcaste,
  2. outclass,
  3. outclimb,
  4. outcome,
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  6. outcry,
  7. outcurve,
  8. outdare,
  9. outdate,
  10. outdated

Origin of outcross

First recorded in 1885–90; out- + cross

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British Dictionary definitions for outcross


verb (ˌaʊtˈkrɒs)

to breed (animals or plants of the same breed but different strains)

noun (ˈaʊtˌkrɒs)

an animal or plant produced as a result of outcrossing
an act of outcrossing
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