1. [ verb ] breed animals or plants using parents of different races and varieties
Synonyms: interbreed hybridise cross hybridize

"cross a horse and a donkey" "Mendel tried crossbreeding" "these species do not interbreed"

Related terms: breed miscegenation hybrid hybridization hybrid
2. [ noun ] (biology,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 hybrid

"a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey"

Related terms: life_form monohybrid dihybrid crossbred
Similar spelling:   crossbred