A hybrid is a mixture of two different things, resulting in something that has a little bit of both — like the rare zedonk, a hybrid of a donkey and a zebra.

The word hybrid gets thrown around often these days — ever heard of hybrid cars that run on both electricity and fuel? Or hybrid films that are half animation, half live action? But hybrid is really most at home in the realm of genetics and crossbreeding. It actually comes to us from the Latin hybrida, meaning the offspring of two dissimilar animals, specifically a tame sow and a wild boar.

Definitions of hybrid
  1. noun

    a composite of mixed origin

    “the vice-presidency is a
    hybrid of administrative and legislative offices”
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    type of:

    complex, composite

    a conceptual whole made up of complicated and related parts

  2. noun

    (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

    cross, crossbreed
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    a hybrid produced by parents that differ only at two gene loci that have two alleles each

    a hybrid produced by crossing parents that are homozygous except for a single gene locus that has two alleles (as in Mendel’s experiments with garden peas)
    type of:

    being, organism

    a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

  3. noun

    a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual’ has a Greek prefix and a Latin root)

    loan-blend, loanblend
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    type of:


    a unit of language that native speakers can identify

  4. adjective

    produced by crossbreeding



    bred from parents of different varieties or species

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