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crossbreed

Syllabification: cross·breed
Pronunciation: /ˈkrôsbrēd
 
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Definition of crossbreed in English:

noun

An animal or plant produced by mating or hybridizing two different species, breeds, or varieties: [as modifier]: a crossbreed Labrador
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  • The canine has triumphed in the northern heat of the cross-breed awards.
  • Cadras were a cross-breed of a donkey and a camel, and were common travelling animals.
  • The tiny cross-breeds, no more than four weeks old, were dumped by a mystery man seen leaving the cardboard box in a field.

verb

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1Produce (an animal or plant) by crossbreeding: (as adjective crossbred) a crossbred puppy
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  • He had bred cross-bred sheep for several years.
  • We've cross-bred the donkey and the horse, the lion and the tiger, and I want more.
  • They will cross-breed the mice from the two strains to create a population which has a mixture of metabolic rates.
1.1Hybridize (a breed, species, or variety) with another.
Example sentences
  • This was accomplished by cross-breeding regular chickens with chickens naturally balding because of a ‘naked-neck’ gene.
  • He produced his chicken by cross-breeding a boiler chicken with another breed that has a naturally bare neck.
  • The stud goats will be cross-bred with Caprivi goats to improve the milk yields of the local goats.
1.2 [no object] (Of an animal or plant) breed with a different breed, species, or variety.
Example sentences
  • Two teams of scientists have found the weeds are cross-breeding with genetically modified crops, making them nearly impossible to kill with pesticides.
  • Increasingly in order to be competitive, lamb on the butcher's slab comes from sheep cross-bred for size and fast weight gain, kept partially indoors and fed concentrates, thus ready for market at 13 weeks.
  • They are in demand for cross-breeding with Thoroughbreds to produce 3-day eventers (dressage, field jumping, show jumping), jumpers and dressage horses.

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