half-breed

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half- +‎ breed

Noun[edit]

half-breed (plural half-breeds)

  1. (derogatory) A person of mixed racial parentage or ancestry, especially one of mixed white and American Indian parentage (metis, métis, Metis, Métis).
    • 1912, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World[1]:
      It was at Para also that we engaged Gomez and Manuel, two half-breeds from up the river, just come down with a cargo of redwood.
    In South Korean society, which extols the virtues of ethnic purity, "half-breed" people are viewed with disdain and contempt.
  2. A hybrid animal or plant.

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  • breed (short form for half-breed)

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Adjective[edit]

half-breed

  1. (of a person, derogatory) Having dual heritage; having mixed racial parentage or ancestry.
  2. (of an animal or plant) Hybridized; having one purebred parent; descended from parents of different breeds or with different traits.

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