hybrid


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hybrid \Hy"brid\, a.
   1. Produced from the mixture of two genetically distinct
      strains; as, plants of hybrid nature.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. derived by a mixture of characteristics from two
      distinctly different sources; as, a hybrid musical style;
      a hybrid DNA molecule.
      [PJC]
.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hybrid \Hy"brid\, n. [L. hybrida, hibrida, prob. allied to Gr. ?
   wantonness (as if unbridled, lawless, unnatural), perh. akin
   to Gr. "ype`r over, E. over: cf. F. hybride.]
   1. (Biol.) The offspring of the union of two animals or
      plants derived from recognizably different genetic lines,
      as two distinct species, or two strains of the same
      species with known genetic differences; an animal or plant
      produced from the mixture of two genetic lines. See
      Mongrel.
      [1913 Webster +PJC]

   2. (Philol.) A word composed of elements which belong to
      different languages.
      [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

   3. anything derived by a mixture of components or
      characteristics from two distinctly different sources; as,
      a musical hybrid; a DNA-RNA hybrid.
      [PJC]
.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mule \Mule\ (m[=u]l), n. [F., a she-mule, L. mula, fem. of
   mulus; cf. Gr. my`klos, mychlo`s. Cf. AS. m[=u]l, fr. L.
   mulus. Cf. Mulatto.]
   1. (Zool.) A hybrid animal; specifically, one generated
      between an ass and a mare. Sometimes the term is applied
      to the offspring of a horse and a she-ass, but that hybrid
      is more properly termed a hinny. See Hinny.
      [1913 Webster]

   Note: Mules are much used as draught animals. They are hardy,
         and proverbial for stubbornness.
         [1913 Webster]

   2. (Bot.) A plant or vegetable produced by impregnating the
      pistil of one species with the pollen or fecundating dust
      of another; -- called also hybrid.
      [1913 Webster]

   3. A very stubborn person.
      [1913 Webster]

   4. A machine, used in factories, for spinning cotton, wool,
      etc., into yarn or thread and winding it into cops; --
      called also jenny and mule-jenny.
      [1913 Webster]

   5. A slipper that has no fitting around the heel.

   Syn: mules, scuff, scuffs.
        [WordNet 1.5]

   Mule armadillo (Zool.), a long-eared armadillo (Tatusia
      hybrida), native of Buenos Ayres; -- called also mulita.
      See Illust. under Armadillo.

   Mule deer (Zool.), a large deer (Cervus macrotis syn.
      Cariacus macrotis) of the Western United States. The
      name refers to its long ears.

   Mule pulley (Mach.), an idle pulley for guiding a belt
      which transmits motion between shafts that are not
      parallel.

   Mule twist, cotton yarn in cops, as spun on a mule; -- in
      distinction from yarn spun on a throstle frame.
      [1913 Webster]
Feedback Form