ETYM Latin hybrida, hibrida, perh. akin to Greek hyper over, Eng. over: cf. French hybride.
1. A composite of mixed origin.
2. An offspring of genetically dissimilar parents or stock; especially offspring produced by breeding plants or animals of different varieties or breeds or species; SYN. crossbreed.
Offspring from a cross between individuals of two different species, or two inbred lines within a species. In most cases, hybrids between species are infertile and unable to reproduce sexually. In plants, however, doubling of the chromosomes (see polyploid) can restore the fertility of such hybrids.
Hybrids between different genera are extremely rare; an example is the Cupressocyparis leylandii cypress which, like some hybrids, shows exceptional vigor, or heterosis. In the wild, a “hybrid zone” may occur where the ranges of two related species meet.
1. An individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains; especially; one of unknown ancestry
2. A cross between types of persons or things
An offspring of a Black and a White parent.
Offspring of a pure negro and a white parent