inbreeding inbreeding  /ˌɪnb ˈri dɪŋ/


  • (n) the act of mating closely related individuals


  1. This inbreeding has developed great sprinting speed.
  2. Since French literary inbreeding is both chronic and severe, it was inevitable that sooner or later someone would devote a whole book to Camus' throwaway idea.
  3. A farm boy who quit school in the eighth grade to work in the cornfields at $30 a month, he has been inbreeding and crossbreeding corn since 1925.


  1. Snowflake the albino gorilla was inbred, study finds

    A famous albino gorilla that lived for 40 years at the Barcelona Zoo got its white coloring by way of inbreeding, new research shows. Snowflake was a male Western lowland gorilla. He was born in the wild and captured in 1966 by villagers in Equatorial Guinea. As the only known white gorilla in the world, Snowflake was a zoo celebrity until his death of skin cancer in 2003. A few studies had ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. How does inbreeding avoidance evolve in plants?

    Inbreeding is generally deleterious, even in flowering plants. Since inbreeding raises the risk that bad copies of a gene will be expressed, inbred progeny suffer from reduced viability. A case study of Leavenworthia suggests that loss of complex traits may be reversed.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Science Daily


  1. "Many of them have parents who are first cousins ...... the result of this is inbreeding," Mr Wilshire said. "The result of which is uneducationable (sic) people ...... and (a) very low IQ."
    on Jan 28, 2007 By: Brian Wilshire Source: The Australian

  2. "If we can't find any wild South China tigers, they will certainly disappear because of the inbreeding," said Huang Zhihong, a Chinese zoologist.
    on Oct 17, 2007 By: Huang Zhihong Source:

  3. In his classic study of segregation, "An American Dilemma," Gunnar Myrdal wrote that "the whole system of segregation and discrimination is designed to prevent eventual inbreeding of the races."
    on May 6, 2008 By: Gunnar Myrdal Source: New York Times

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