Definitions

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

  • adj. Arising or occurring between species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. occurring among members of different species; interspecies
  • adj. Existing or occurring between different species

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Existing between species.

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

  • adj. arising or occurring between species

Etymologies

From inter- +‎ specific (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The resulting fruit from a mother tree is planted and the seedling produced is the new mixed variety, technically called an "interspecific" fruit.

    When Apricot Met Plum...

  • Kingsburg Orchards sells more than 210 varieties of fruit, about half of which are interspecific.

    Creating New Fruit

  • Creating New Fruit Ariel Zambelich for The Wall Street Journal Samples of interspecific peaches and nectarines from Bradford Farms were packaged in crates and marked with identifying numbers.

    When Apricot Met Plum...

  • Ariel Zambelich for The Wall Street Journal Jon Quisenberry of Bradford Farms -- a genetic breeder -- picks samples of interspecific plums from the trees at Kingsburg Orchards in Kingsburg, Calif., to be tasted for specific qualities, such as flavor, size and production value.

    Creating New Fruit

  • Ariel Zambelich for The Wall Street Journal Samples of interspecific peaches and nectarines from Bradford Farms were packaged in crates and marked with identifying numbers.

    Creating New Fruit

  • Despite their name, apple pears are not an interspecific fruit.

    Creating New Fruit

  • Spatial ecology: The role of space in population dynamics and interspecific interactions.

    SuperCooperators

  • Although every living thing eventually goes extinct in the face of changes ranging from ice ages to interspecific competition, the fossil record shows that while some species debut and are booed off the stage, there are others -- cockroaches and sharks come to mind -- whose dance with time is more waltz than jitterbug.

    Arthur Rosenfeld: Must Humans Go the Way of the Dinosaurs?

  • This literature shows that symbiogenesis, interspecific fusions (hybridogenesis, gene transfers of various types, karyotypic fissioning, and other forms of acquisition of "foreign genomes" or epigenesis) are more important than the slow gradual accumulation of mutation or sexual mergers.

    Behe and Gene discuss the Evolution of the Flagellum

  • A related area of interest is intraspecific and interspecific variation and energetics of postnatal growth in bats.

    Contributor: Thomas Kunz

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  • This just doesn't seem quite right, really. Why not just interspecies?

    'Pertaining to species' is not really the primary meaning of specific, is it?

    January 23, 2008

  • existing, occurring, or arising between species

    January 23, 2008