Definition of hybridize in English:

hybridize

(also hybridise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Cross-breed (individuals of two different species or varieties):

    ‘a few gardeners hybridize their roses’
    • ‘In the end, however, whether the yam bean should be regarded as one species or as several that can be hybridized is not so important, as long as the different kinds can be manipulated to facilitate cross-pollination.’
    • ‘This one has been in the trade so long and nothing like it is found in the wilds of Persia or anywhere else, so it may be a sterile hybrid (and that means they've been hybridizing lilacs for around four hundred years!)’
    • ‘Individuals from pure-breeding families of the two species were hybridized to produce F 1 families.’
    • ‘All fragrant hosta flowers are hybridized from Hosta plantaginea, which has 6-inch long, beautiful, white fragrant flowers.’
    • ‘Pansies were originally hybridized in Europe in the 19th century, and quickly became a very desirable cultivar for gardeners everywhere.’
    • ‘In 1917 Stead was given seeds of the North American varieties and began experimenting with hybridising them.’
    • ‘There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of Dahlias which have been hybridized throughout the years.’
    • ‘Plant collectors are busy experimenting with and hybridizing these species.’
    • ‘The following varieties were hybridized at the end of 1900, but they are still the most popular.’
    • ‘Large-flowered modern varieties are the result of hybridising the wild pansy, viola tricolor, also known as love-in-idleness, kiss-me-quick and heartsease.’
    • ‘Growers began to hybridize these native species with other varieties imported to Hawaii, which produced the huge kaleidoscope of colors and sizes available today.’
    • ‘These varieties were specifically cultivated for the dry, hot temperatures of the Southern California climate and have been hybridized at Descanso Gardens.’
    • ‘A lot of the common large-flowering varieties were hybridized after 1940 in England and the Netherlands.’
    • ‘The Turks of the Ottoman Empire were the first culture to celebrate the beauty of the tulip and to begin to cultivate and hybridize the flower.’
    • ‘Native plant blossoms are usually a dark lavender or reddish-purple in color but subspecies have been hybridized for gardens to provide a variety of colors such as white, pale cream, yellow, and rose.’
    • ‘This makes it very easy to transfer into a domestic species that can be hybridized to it.’
    cross-breed, cross, interbreed, mix, intermix, blend, combine, amalgamate
    cross-fertilize, cross-pollinate
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of an animal or plant) breed with an individual of another species or variety:
      ‘most ducks will hybridize in captivity’
      • ‘Sometimes they form by hybridizing, or crossbreeding, to form a new species more or less in one go.’
      • ‘Some of these species can hybridize with each other.’
      • ‘Normally, daffodils self-pollinate readily (pollination takes place within an individual flower) and don't hybridise much in the wild, or even show great variation.’
      • ‘Alternatively, true differences may exist in the degree to which species hybridize in different biogeographic regions.’
      • ‘The ability of many different waterfowl species to hybridize raises a number of important issues about geographic structure and gene flow.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, this species sometimes hybridizes with its distasteful European cousin (especially near urban areas), polluting its pure flavor.’
      • ‘Although these two species hybridize freely, subsequent generations are subject to intense natural selection.’
      • ‘About 12 percent of European butterfly species hybridize with one another, and in several groups of birds (birds of paradise, ducks, and North American warblers, to name a few), the figure is as high as 25 percent.’
      • ‘However, species may hybridize long after speciation, which may pose problems in phylogenetic reconstruction, especially when molecular data are used.’
      • ‘First, they want to argue about which crop might hybridise with which weed.’
      • ‘Experimental crossbreeding in the past 15 years showed that many of these mass-spawning species could hybridize in laboratories.’
      • ‘Organic farmers, meanwhile, are concerned that GM crops will hybridize with their crops, so they will be unable to maintain their organic status.’
      • ‘In time they may hybridise with related native plants, so that the genetic make-up of our native flora is lost for ever.’
      • ‘Wheat is actually the result of three grasses hybridising, and was a two-step process.’
      • ‘Along a central European front, the two species hybridize, but the hybrids suffer from a whole range of defects, many of which are lethal at the embryonic stage.’
      • ‘When native and introduced species hybridize, the conservation of native species implies developing a plan for preventing such hybridization.’
      • ‘Could previously isolated species hybridize and become a serious plant disease threat?’
      • ‘About 200,000 years ago, at nearly the same time that modern humans originated in Africa, two diploid grass species hybridized to form polyploid wheat in the Middle East.’
      • ‘Rather than gradually adapt to a new host plant, the flies hybridized.’
      • ‘Very, very few exist now in the wild and the problem is that this bird hybridises naturally with a very similar species, the Yellow-tailed Miner and you get something in between.’

Pronunciation:

hybridize

/ˈhʌɪbrɪdʌɪz/