Definition of hybridize in English:

hybridize

(also hybridise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Cross-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.’
    • ‘A lot of the common large-flowering varieties were hybridized after 1940 in England and the Netherlands.’
    • ‘Pansies were originally hybridized in Europe in the 19th century, and quickly became a very desirable cultivar for gardeners everywhere.’
    • ‘There are literally thousands of cultivated varieties of Dahlias which have been hybridized throughout the years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plant collectors are busy experimenting with and hybridizing these species.’
    • ‘Individuals from pure-breeding families of the two species were hybridized to produce F 1 families.’
    • ‘Growers began to hybridize these native species with other varieties imported to Hawaii, which produced the huge kaleidoscope of colors and sizes available today.’
    • ‘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!)’
    • ‘All fragrant hosta flowers are hybridized from Hosta plantaginea, which has 6-inch long, beautiful, white fragrant flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1917 Stead was given seeds of the North American varieties and began experimenting with hybridising them.’
    • ‘This makes it very easy to transfer into a domestic species that can be hybridized to it.’
    • ‘These varieties were specifically cultivated for the dry, hot temperatures of the Southern California climate and have been hybridized at Descanso Gardens.’
    cross-breed, cross, interbreed, mix, intermix, blend, combine, amalgamate
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    1. 1.1no object (of an animal or plant) breed with an individual of another species or variety.
      ‘most ducks will hybridize in captivity’
      • ‘Could previously isolated species hybridize and become a serious plant disease threat?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The ability of many different waterfowl species to hybridize raises a number of important issues about geographic structure and gene flow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Experimental crossbreeding in the past 15 years showed that many of these mass-spawning species could hybridize in laboratories.’
      • ‘In time they may hybridise with related native plants, so that the genetic make-up of our native flora is lost for ever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, species may hybridize long after speciation, which may pose problems in phylogenetic reconstruction, especially when molecular data are used.’
      • ‘Alternatively, true differences may exist in the degree to which species hybridize in different biogeographic regions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First, they want to argue about which crop might hybridise with which weed.’
      • ‘Organic farmers, meanwhile, are concerned that GM crops will hybridize with their crops, so they will be unable to maintain their organic status.’
      • ‘Some of these species can hybridize with each other.’
      • ‘Sometimes they form by hybridizing, or crossbreeding, to form a new species more or less in one go.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When native and introduced species hybridize, the conservation of native species implies developing a plan for preventing such hybridization.’
      • ‘Wheat is actually the result of three grasses hybridising, and was a two-step process.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

hybridize

/ˈhʌɪbrɪdʌɪz/