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Hybrid


/ˈhīˌbrid/

Noun, pl. hybrids

1. An offspring resulting from cross-breeding. (wikipedia.org)

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. (wordnetweb.princeton.edu)

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

3. Something of mixed origin or composition. (wiktionary.org)

4. A complex formed by joining two complementary strands of nucleic acids. (biology-online.org)

Adjective

1. Of or pertaining to the offspring produced from crossbreeding. (biology-online.org)

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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