[ sing-guhl-kraws, -kros ]

  1. a cross between two inbred lines.

Origin of single-cross

First recorded in 1935–40

Words Nearby single-cross Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use single-cross in a sentence

  • Would that not a single cross or ill-tempered wife were left in the world!

    The Bbur-nma in English | Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • On the lids of their coffins they frequently cut a single cross.

    English Villages | P. H. Ditchfield
  • At the end of this letter she put no signature, but a single cross to indicate a kiss.

    Coquette | Frank Swinnerton
  • Certain peculiarities may be imparted to a breed by a single cross.

British Dictionary definitions for single-cross


  1. genetics a hybrid of the first generation between two inbred lines

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