A crossbreed is an animal or plant that’s a mixture of two different breeds or types. To crossbreed is to produce a creature of this type. If you crossbreed a lion and a tiger, you make a liger.

Geneticists, who study DNA, make crossbreeds when they mix parents with different genes to create a new type of offspring. Often such crossbreeds are new kinds of plants. Different animals can be mixed to create crossbreeds, too. A common example of a crossbreed is with dog breeds, like when a poodle and a schnauzer are bred to create a schnoodle.

Definitions of crossbreed

n (genetics) an organism that is the offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species

cross, hybrid
a hybrid produced by parents that differ only at two gene loci that have two alleles each
a hybrid produced by crossing parents that are homozygous except for a single gene locus that has two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)
Type of:
being, organism
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

v breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties

“Mendel tried crossbreeding
cross, hybridise, hybridize, interbreed
mate a hybrid of the first generation with one of its parents
Type of:
cause to procreate (animals)

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