See also: cross-breed

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Etymology edit

From cross- +‎ breed.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɑːsˌbɹiːd/
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Verb edit

crossbreed (third-person singular simple present crossbreeds, present participle crossbreeding, simple past and past participle crossbred)

  1. (transitive) To produce (an organism) by the mating of individuals of different breeds, varieties, or species; hybridize.
    • 1988 April 15, James Krohe Jr., “Where Has All the Flora Gone?”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      Recalling the crossbreeding of the lakeside daisy, he insists, "If we hadn't polluted that population with Ohio plants it might have vanished.
  2. (intransitive) To mate so as to produce a hybrid; interbreed.
  3. (transitive) To mate (an organism) with another organism so as to produce a hybrid.

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Noun edit

crossbreed (plural crossbreeds)

  1. An organism produced by mating of individuals of different varieties or breeds.
    • 2001, Raymond Coppinger, Lorna Coppinger, Dogs, page 69:
      When I ask about these dogs, they are described to me as the local mutts, mongrels, pavement specials, crossbreeds.

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