One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Produced by inbreeding.‘they are a bunch of inbred idiots’
- ‘Many of these kittens are inbred and born with deformities and disease.’
- ‘Offspring from smaller populations were on average more inbred, so inbreeding depression in clonal fitness was higher in small populations.’
- ‘The small, inbred population is more susceptible to decline via disease and natural disaster.’
2Existing in a person, animal, or plant from birth; congenital.‘inbred disease resistance in crops’
innate, congenital, existing from birthinnate, congenital, existing from birthView synonyms
- ‘i'm not sure what it is but i still have an innate, certainly ingrained, perhaps inbred, suspicion of the police.’
1derogatory A person born as a result of inbreeding, typically perceived as unattractive and lacking intelligence (often used as a general term of abuse)‘he provoked criticism when he said the town was full of inbreds’
A crop produced by repeated inbreeding over multiple generations, typically through self-pollination.‘the magnitude of this effect is expected to be greater in inbreds than in hybrids’
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