Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Produced by the mating of individuals of different breeds, varieties, or species.

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  • adj. Produced by breeding from two breeds, varieties or species.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of crossbreed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Produced by mixing distinct breeds; mongrel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Produced by crossbreeding; bred from different species or varieties; hybrid; mongrel.
  • n. In biology, the offspring produced by the crossing of parents which exhibit antagonistic or mutually exclusive characters, such as blackness and whiteness, tall-ness and shortness, which do not blend.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. bred from parents of different varieties or species

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Examples

  • He just sat there, with an expression crossbred between reverence and desire, whenever some big old gal got up to shake and shimmy.

    Goodnight, Irene

  • Our dominant “Christians” are the lineal descendants of originally German Anabaptists crossbred with a strain of militant Calvinism brought over by the good folks of Massachusetts Bay Colony, Inc. and marinated in propaganda about American Exceptionalism.

    Matthew Yglesias » Boehner Rejects Bipartisanship

  • “Our dominant “Christians” are the lineal descendants of originally German Anabaptists crossbred with a strain of militant Calvinism brought over by the good folks of Massachusetts Bay Colony, Inc. and marinated in propaganda about American Exceptionalism.”

    Matthew Yglesias » Boehner Rejects Bipartisanship

  • He crossbred visual panache and hedonistic flair, notably in "Sign of the Cross" (1932), with a lesbian dance sequence, a lithe Claudette Colbert bathing in milk, and Charles Laughton playing an extravagantly gay Nero.

    Review of "Empire of Dreams," Scott Eyman's biography of Cecil B. DeMille

  • He crossbred visual panache and hedonistic flair, notably in "Sign of the Cross" (1932), with a lesbian dance sequence, a lithe Claudette Colbert bathing in milk and Charles Laughton playing an extravagantly gay Nero.

    Review of "Empire of Dreams," Scott Eyman's biography of Cecil B. DeMille

  • So, while he's off in the woods with his pet bengar, Jir -- think Lassie crossbred with a chainsaw -- the fabled Red Star has fallen to the earth, regarded as a long lost magic and unlimited power to whomever possesses it.

    Rabid Reads: "A Darkness Forged in Fire" by Chris Evans

  • At some point, early colonists crossbred smaller European-bred stock with American wild turkeys to produce hearty but tame breeds such as the Standard Bronze.‬

    These Birds Aren't Spring Chickens, But People Are Gobbling Them Up

  • Gotye, who in a high vocal register can sound like Peter Gabriel or Sting, recorded this album in his parents' barn near Melbourne, where he crossbred electronic elements with homespun sounds.

    The Short List

  • And if she was from that alternative universe ... she could be a few generations removed ... or crossbred with yet another alien race.

    Doctor Who Smattering of Spoilers

  • Cesar Millan has rehabilitated hundreds of problem pooches over the years, but tonight's episode marks a first for the canine-counselor extraordinaire, who finds out whether his techniques will hold up in the wild when he works with three dogs that have been crossbred with wolves.

    Tonight's TV Hot List: Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

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