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v. in·ter·bred (-brĕd′), in·ter·breed·ing, in·ter·breeds
1. To breed with individuals of another species, subspecies, or variety; crossbreed: dogs interbreeding with wolves.
2. To breed regularly with others of the same kind: a species as a group of individuals that interbreed.
To cause to interbreed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interbreeding - (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybridsinterbreeding - (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
mating, pairing, sexual union, union, coupling, conjugation - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
dihybrid cross - hybridization using two traits with two alleles each
monohybrid cross - hybridization using a single trait with two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)
reciprocal cross, reciprocal - hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
testcross, test-cross - a cross between an organism whose genotype for a certain trait is unknown and an organism that is homozygous recessive for that trait so the unknown genotype can be determined from that of the offspring
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
2.interbreeding - 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
References in classic literature ?
I should add that the good effects of frequent intercrossing, and the ill effects of close interbreeding, probably come into play in some of these cases; but on this intricate subject I will not here enlarge.
Our timeline of existence overlapped with theirs, which might have led to interbreeding.
Even with the extra dose of interbreeding, individual chimps have inherited less than 1 percent of their genomes from bonobos.
The technique can more confidently detect the genetic signatures of interbreeding than previous approaches and will be useful for evolutionary studies of other ancient or rare DNA samples.
What we show is that one butterfly species can gain its protective color pattern genes ready-made from a different species by interbreeding with it--a much faster process than having to evolve one's color patterns from scratch," divulges coauthor Kanchon Dasmabapatra, a postdoctoral researcher at University College London.
Scientists reckon there was interbreeding between the two species and maternal DNA was transferred from brown bears to polar bears.
I'm told there could be more than 15 roaming free, and feral, and due to interbreeding, some are in a very poor state of health.
Though rare, the interbreeding of different animal species does occur in nature.
Since wild salmon in individual rivers are locally adapted for survival, interbreeding reduces their fitness for their environment.
This research has revealed that the presence of introduced goldfish and common carp has led to interbreeding and hybridisation in wild populations.
The alternative view is that early modern humans displaced the more primitive Neanderthals without interbreeding.
Fish and Wildlife Service suggests the spotted owl is not entirely dependent on old-growth forest for habitat and faces a significant threat from interbreeding with the barred owl.