- a place where animals breed or to which they return to breed.
- an environment suitable for or fostering the development of an idea, thing, etc.: a breeding ground for violence.
Origin of breeding ground
First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for breeding ground
All the land was a breeding-ground for the dividends of Hedworth Westerling.The Last Shot
What has he ever done, in all his dull days, to make that harmless mind a breeding-ground for every sort of degenerate idea?Witching Hill
E. W. Hornung
The black-and-white warbler is one of the earliest spring warblers to reach its breeding-ground in the Transition Zone.
The scarlet-legged oyster-catcher, or “sea-pie,” makes Annet its breeding-ground; as also do many of the terns.The Isles of Scilly
The gently sloping water front was the breeding-ground for quite a few harbor seals.Trails and Tramps in Alaska and Newfoundland
William S. Thomas