Definition of hybridize in English:


Line breaks: hy¦brid|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪbrɪdʌɪz
(also hybridise)


[with object]
1Cross-breed (individuals of two different species or varieties): a few gardeners hybridize their roses
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  • Growers began to hybridize these native species with other varieties imported to Hawaii, which produced the huge kaleidoscope of colors and sizes available today.
  • A lot of the common large-flowering varieties were hybridized after 1940 in England and the Netherlands.
  • The following varieties were hybridized at the end of 1900, but they are still the most popular.
1.1 [no object] (Of an animal or plant) breed with an individual of another species or variety: most ducks will hybridize in captivity
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  • About 200,000 years ago, at nearly the same time that modern humans originated in Africa, two diploid grass species hybridized to form polyploid wheat in the Middle East.
  • Rather than gradually adapt to a new host plant, the flies hybridized.
  • However, species may hybridize long after speciation, which may pose problems in phylogenetic reconstruction, especially when molecular data are used.



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  • Thus, only transcripts of the reporter gene at the L region generated a hybridizable RNA product.
  • The range of genetic variation within a species or from readily hybridizable species may be limited.


Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • It is also known that new species arise from these natural hybridisations and mutations.
  • There has been a marked absence of work that explores the dynamic processes of cultural and biological hybridisation.
  • The first was that cross-fertilisation or hybridisation between the two types of maize varieties had already taken place.


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  • Eventually Dutch hybridizers (specialists who breed flowers with specific characteristics) managed to duplicate the exotic mosaic patterns in healthy plants.
  • It wasn't until early in this century that American hybridizers found the key that unlocked the full potential of this favorite cut and garden flower.
  • Since the early 1600s, Dutch tulip hybridizers have attempted to breed a pure black tulip.

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