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 (mĭ-sĕj′ə-nā′shən, mĭs′ĭ-jə-)
Cohabitation, sexual relations, marriage, or interbreeding involving persons of different races, especially in historical contexts as a transgression of the law.

[Latin miscēre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots + genus, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots + -ation.]

mis·ceg′e·na′tion·al adj.


(Genetics) interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
[C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race]
miscegenetic adj


(mɪˌsɛdʒ əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌmɪs ɪ dʒə-)

1. marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman of different races, esp. between a black and a white person.
2. interbreeding between members of different races.
[1864, Amer.; < Latin miscē(re) to mix + gen(us) race, stock, species + -ation]
mis`ce•ge•net′ic (-ˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. the interbreeding of members of different races.
2. cohabitation or marriage between a man and woman of different races, especially, in the U.S., between a Negro and a white person.
3. the mixing or mixture of races by interbreeding.
See also: Race
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.miscegenation - reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons)
facts of life, procreation, reproduction, breeding - the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring


[ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈneɪʃən] N (frm) → mestizaje m, cruce m de razas



n. mestizaje, cruzamiento de razas o de culturas.
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