breeding small animals in city apartments in a lucrative business—and a more common one than you might think.
How do you trust what has become a breeding ground for hate speech and fraudulent talk?
Rats were breeding in the trash and neighbors pitched in to mow her lawn.
As a gelding, Mine That Bird obviously has no breeding future.
At the time, New Orleans was a breeding ground for yellow fever and cholera.
Tom saw at once what it was fit for—the breeding of fine cattle.
She is much less in size after the season for breeding is over.
The blood hound, as has been mentioned before, is quite useful in breeding hunting dogs for specific purposes.
How wonderfully successful you have been in breeding Pouters!
Discreditable to the youngsters intelligence and scientific knowledge, the story is highly discreditable to his breeding.
late 14c., "hatching, incubation;" also "formation, development, growth," verbal noun from breed (v.). Meaning "good manners" is from 1590s.
Old English bredan "bring young to birth, carry," also "cherish, keep warm," from West Germanic *brodjan (cf. Old High German bruoten, German brüten "to brood, hatch"), from *brod- "fetus, hatchling," from PIE *bhreue- "burn, heat" (see brood (n.)). Original notion of the word was incubation, warming to hatch. Sense of "grow up, be reared" (in a clan, etc.) is late 14c. Related: Bred; breeding.
"race, lineage, stock" (originally of animals), 1550s, from breed (v.). Of persons, from 1590s. Meaning "kind, species" is from 1580s.
Noun A group of organisms having common ancestors and sharing certain traits that are not shared with other members of the same species. Breeds are usually produced by mating selected parents.