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

  • n. The breeding of distantly related or unrelated individuals, often producing a hybrid of superior quality.
  • n. Anthropology The mating of persons from different groups, often as a consequence of proscriptions against marriage within the group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The breeding of unrelated (or only distantly related) individuals
  • n. The mating of people from different groups (especially as a result of social proscription)

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In biology, the crossing of a pure strain of organisms with members of another strain or of the same strain from another locality.
  • n. In ethnology, the custom of intermarrying or interbreeding outside the tribe.

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