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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 of interbreed
1855-1860
1855-60; inter- + breed
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  • The flock was allowed to wander at will and to interbreed freely.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • One of the definitions of species is that they will not interbreed and propagate.

    The Other Side of Evolution Alexander Patterson
  • This will occur whenever they are of very different constitution; thus it is that widely differing species will not interbreed.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • My experience tends to show that the two species will not interbreed.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Moreover, species which differ only in colour seem usually to interbreed in those parts where they meet.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • Or will the two make peace, unite and interbreed, make war on us?

    Student Body Floyd L. Wallace
  • Notwithstanding their similarity they do not interbreed when brought together.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Of these, there are three sorts which keep apart from each other, and are thought not to interbreed.

    After London Richard Jefferies
  • This species will, however, interbreed with the domestic cat.

  • All mankind can interbreed freely, can learn to understand the same speech, can adapt itself to co-operation.

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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