To produce a hybrid, or to breed an offspring by mating purebred individuals of different breeds, varieties or species, usually with the intention that the offspring would inherit the desirable traits from both parents.


For example, to crossbreed a purebred poodle with a purebred retrieving breed has become popular due to the resulting hybrid vigor with the dog still looking attractive.

Related terms: crossbreeding (noun), crossbred (adjective).

Synonym: hybridize or hybridise.

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