from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See hybrid vigor.
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- n. The tendency of cross-breeding to produce an animal or plant with a greater hardiness than its parents; hybrid vigour
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- n. A figure of speech by which one form of a noun, verb, or pronoun, and the like, is used for another, as in the sentence: “What is life to such as me?”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In grammar and rhetoric, same as enallage.
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- n. (genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
It has a phenomenon associated with it called 'heterosis' - otherwise known as 'hybrid vigor.'
Intercrossing different varieties of plants frequently produces hybrid offspring with superior vigor and increased yields, in a poorly understood phenomenon known as heterosis
Hybrid vigor, also known as heterosis, is the phenomenon by which intercrossing two varieties of plants produces more vigorous hybrid offspring with higher yields.
Hybrid vigor, also known as heterosis, is the miraculous phenomenon by which intercrossing two varieties of plants produces more vigorous hybrid offspring with higher yields.
Hybrid vigour, also known as heterosis, is the phenomenon where two genetically different parents produce fitter, stronger offspring.
Alternative strategies for yield improvement include using techniques such as heterosis in FI hybrids, and the identification and manipulation of individual 'yield' genes (particularly using the recombinant DNA technology of restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP).
Another clarification for Boonton; heterosis = melting pot = good.
An interesting aside related to assimilation is one of heterosis.
So when two parents from branches that are farther apart than is the norm in the general population, heterosis is said to occur.
In addition, where is the evidence of heterosis in hybrids observed outside of Daphne Major?