AskDefine | Define hybrid

Dictionary Definition

hybrid adj : produced by crossbreeding [syn: crossed, interbred, intercrossed]


1 a word that is composed of parts from different languages (e.g., `monolingual' has a Greek prefix and a Latin root) [syn: loanblend, loan-blend]
2 a composite of mixed origin; "the vice-presidency is a hybrid of administrative and legislative offices"
3 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; "a mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey" [syn: crossbreed, cross]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • AHD: hī'brĭd


  1. In the context of "biology": Offspring resulting from cross-breeding different entities, e.g. two different species or two purebreed parent strains.
  2. Something of mixed origin or composition.
  3. A word whose elements are derived from different languages.
  4. A car that runs on both gas and electricity or energy from the sun.



  1. consisting of diverse components


Extensive Definition

A hybrid is the combination of two or more different things, aimed at achieving a particular objective or goal. In different contexts this may refer to:
  • In biology:
    • Hybrid (biology), the offspring resulting from cross-breeding of different plants or animals.
  • In etymology:

See also

hybrid in Bulgarian: Хибрид (пояснение)
hybrid in German: Hybrid
hybrid in Spanish: Híbrido
hybrid in Finnish: Hybridi
hybrid in French: Hybride (homonymie)
hybrid in Croatian: Hibrid
hybrid in Japanese: ハイブリッド
hybrid in Korean: 하이브리드
hybrid in Dutch: Hybride
hybrid in Norwegian: Hybrid (andre betydninger)
hybrid in Polish: Hybryda
hybrid in Portuguese: Híbrido
hybrid in Russian: Гибрид
hybrid in Swedish: Hybrid
hybrid in Thai: ไฮบริด
hybrid in Turkish: Hibrid
hybrid in Ukrainian: Гібрид (значення)
hybrid in Chinese: 雜種

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