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Noun, pl. hybrids

1. An offspring resulting from cross-breeding. (

2. (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. (

2. Offspring resulting from cross-breeding different entities, e.g. two different species or two purebred parent strains. (

3. Something of mixed origin or composition. (

4. A complex formed by joining two complementary strands of nucleic acids. (


1. Of or pertaining to the offspring produced from crossbreeding. (

Word origin: From Latin hybrida, variant of ibrida “mongrel,” specifically “offspring of a tame sow and a wild boar,” of unknown origin but probably from Greek and somehow related to hubris.

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