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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb out-kraws, -kros; noun out-kraws, -kros]
    • /verb ˌaʊtˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs; noun ˈaʊtˌkrɔs, -ˌkrɒs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [verb out-kraws, -kros; noun out-kraws, -kros]
    • /verb ˌaʊtˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs; noun ˈaʊtˌkrɔs, -ˌkrɒs/

Definitions of outcross word

  • verb with object outcross to cross (animals or plants) by breeding individuals of different strains but, usually, of the same breed. 1
  • verb with object outcross to produce (a hybrid) by this method. 1
  • noun outcross a hybrid animal or plant so produced. 1
  • noun outcross an act of outcrossing. 1
  • noun outcross Breed (an animal or plant) with one not closely related. 1
  • verb outcross to breed (animals or plants of the same breed but different strains) 0

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Origin of outcross

First appearance:

before 1885
One of the 21% newest English words
First recorded in 1885-90; out- + cross

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Parts of speech for Outcross


outcross popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 62% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 75% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

outcross usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for outcross

noun outcross

  • composite — A composite object or item is made up of several different things, parts, or substances.
  • mixture — a product of mixing.
  • amalgam — Something that is an amalgam of two or more things is a mixture of them.
  • combination — A combination of things is a mixture of them.
  • bastard — Bastard is an insulting word which some people use about a person, especially a man, who has behaved very badly.

Antonyms for outcross

noun outcross

  • division — the act or process of dividing; state of being divided.
  • separation — an act or instance of separating or the state of being separated.
  • homogeneous — composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous: a homogeneous population.
  • pedigreed — having established purebred ancestry: a pedigreed collie.
  • pure — free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.

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