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[in-ter-breed] /ˌɪn tərˈbrid/
verb (used with object), interbred, interbreeding.
to crossbreed (a plant or animal).
to cause to breed together.
verb (used without object), interbred, interbreeding.
to crossbreed.
to breed or mate with a closely related individual, as in a small, closed population.
1855-60; inter- + breed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples 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


verb -breeds, -breeding, -bred
(intransitive) to breed within a single family or strain so as to produce particular characteristics in the offspring
another term for crossbreed (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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