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interbreed

[in-ter-breed] /ˌɪn tərˈbrid/
verb (used with object), interbred, interbreeding.
1.
to crossbreed (a plant or animal).
2.
to cause to breed together.
verb (used without object), interbred, interbreeding.
3.
to crossbreed.
4.
to breed or mate with a closely related individual, as in a small, closed population.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; inter- + breed
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Examples from the web for interbreed
  • Traditional agronomy transfers genes between plants whose kinship lets them interbreed.
  • They have found that the mice interbreed with mice from other habitats and migrate between rock types.
  • These horses will freely interbreed in from north to south.
  • These two populations are so closely related that they can interbreed.
  • They can and do interbreed with domestic dogs to produce hybrid animals.
  • Groups that live close to one another interact, interbreed, and become more genetically related.
  • The birds and bees rarely confuse the flowers, and the flowers almost never interbreed in nature.
  • In order for one species to diverge into two, a population must be divided into groups that cannot interbreed.
  • Many studies suggest that although individuals from different species normally do not interbreed, they may interbreed.
  • Ultimately if each group could interbreed and the mutations were beneficial it would spread to the whole group.
British Dictionary definitions for interbreed

interbreed

/ˌɪntəˈbriːd/
verb -breeds, -breeding, -bred
1.
(intransitive) to breed within a single family or strain so as to produce particular characteristics in the offspring
2.
another term for crossbreed (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for interbreed
v.

1859, from inter- + breed. Related: Interbred; interbreeding.

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