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v. cross·bred (-brĕd′), cross·breed·ing, cross·breeds
To produce (an organism) by the mating of individuals of different breeds, varieties, or species; hybridize.
To mate so as to produce a hybrid; interbreed.
An organism produced by mating of individuals of different varieties or breeds.
vb, -breeds, -breeding or -bred
(Biology) Also: interbreed to breed (animals or plants) using parents of different races, varieties, breeds, etc
(Biology) the offspring produced by such a breeding
v. -bred, -breed•ing,
1. to produce (a hybrid); hybridize.v.i.
2. to undertake or engage in hybridizing; hybridize.n.
3. a crossbred.
To produce a hybrid animal or plant by breeding two animals or two plants of different species or varieties. For example, crossbreeding a male donkey with a female horse will produce a mule.
An animal or a plant produced by breeding two animals or plants of different species or varieties; a hybrid.
Past participle: crossbred
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|Noun||1.||crossbreed - (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species; "a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey"|
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
dihybrid - a hybrid produced by parents that differ only at two gene loci that have two alleles each
monohybrid - a hybrid produced by crossing parents that are homozygous except for a single gene locus that has two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)
|Verb||1.||crossbreed - breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties; "cross a horse and a donkey"; "Mendel tried crossbreeding"; "these species do not interbreed"|
breed - cause to procreate (animals); "She breeds dogs"
backcross - mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents