Hybrid



[hahy-brid] /ˈhaɪ brɪd/

noun
1.
the offspring of two animals or plants of different breeds, varieties, species, or genera, especially as produced through human manipulation for specific genetic characteristics.
2.
a person or group of persons produced by the interaction or crossbreeding of two unlike cultures, traditions, etc.
3.
anything derived from heterogeneous sources, or composed of elements of different or incongruous kinds:
a hybrid of the academic and business worlds.
4.
a word composed of elements originally drawn from different languages, as television, whose components come from Greek and Latin.
5.

adjective
6.
bred from two distinct breeds, varieties, species, or genera.
7.
composite; formed or composed of heterogeneous elements.
8.
composed of elements originally drawn from different languages, as a word.
9.
powered by more than one source of power:
It is hoped that hybrid buses will reduce urban air pollution.
/ˈhaɪbrɪd/
noun
1.
an animal or plant resulting from a cross between genetically unlike individuals. Hybrids between different species are usually sterile
2.
anything of mixed ancestry
3.
a vehicle that is powered by an internal-combustion engine and another source of power such as a battery
4.
a word, part of which is derived from one language and part from another, such as monolingual, which has a prefix of Greek origin and a root of Latin origin
adjective
5.
(of a vehicle) powered by more than one source
6.
denoting or being a hybrid; of mixed origin
7.
(physics) (of an electromagnetic wave) having components of both electric and magnetic field vectors in the direction of propagation
8.
(electronics)

n.

c.1600, from Latin hybrida, variant of ibrida “mongrel,” specifically “offspring of a tame sow and a wild boar,” of unknown origin but probably from Greek and somehow related to hubris. A rare word before c.1850. The adjective is attested from 1716.
hybrid
(hī’brĭd)
An organism that is the offspring of two parents that differ in one or more inheritable characteristics, especially the offspring of two different varieties of the same species or the offspring of two parents belonging to different species. In agriculture and animal husbandry, hybrids of different varieties and species are bred in order to combine the favorable characteristics of the parents. Hybrids often display hybrid vigor. The mule, which is the offspring of a male donkey and a female horse, is an example of a hybrid. It is strong for its size and has better endurance and a longer useful lifespan than its parents. However, mules are sterile, as are many animals that are hybrids between two species.

A concurrent object-oriented language.
[“Active Objects in Hybrid”, O.M. Nierstrasz, SIGPLAN Notices 22(12):243-253 (OOPSLA ’87) (Dec 1987)].
(1994-12-07)

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