A hybrid is a mixture of two different things, resulting in something that has a little bit of both — like the rare zedonk, a hybrid of a donkey and a zebra.

The word hybrid gets thrown around often these days — ever heard of hybrid cars that run on both electricity and fuel? Or hybrid films that are half animation, half live action? But hybrid is really most at home in the realm of genetics and crossbreeding. It actually comes to us from the Latin hybrida, meaning the offspring of two dissimilar animals, specifically a tame sow and a wild boar.

Definitions of hybrid
  1. noun
    (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
    synonyms: cross, crossbreed
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    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
  2. noun
    a composite of mixed origin
    “the vice-presidency is a hybrid of administrative and legislative offices”
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    type of:
    complex, composite
    a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts
  3. noun
    a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual' has a Greek prefix and a Latin root)
    synonyms: loan-blend, loanblend
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    type of:
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
  4. noun
    a vehicle that has both an electric motor and a gasoline engine
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    type of:
    automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
    a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
  5. adjective
    produced by crossbreeding
    synonyms: intercrossed
    bred from parents of different varieties or species
  6. adjective
    consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
    synonyms: heterogeneous, heterogenous
    having variety of character or form or components; or having increased variety
    assorted, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, sundry
    consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
    including markedly dissimilar elements
    inhomogeneous, nonuniform
    not homogeneous
    unlike in nature, quality, form, or degree
    characterized by variety
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    homogeneous, homogenous
    all of the same or similar kind or nature
    not diversified
    consistent, uniform
    the same throughout in structure or composition
    of one substance or character throughout
    self-colored, self-coloured, solid
    of the same color throughout
    homogenised, homogenized
    made homogeneous
    uniform, unvarying
    always the same; showing a single form or character in all occurrences
    closely similar or comparable in kind or quality or quantity or degree
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  7. adjective
    having two components or systems that serve the same function
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