Though he had good genes, he was undersize, crooked-legged, and more interested in mating than he was in racing.
I think it was more about sexual mores, mating and dating rituals in the city, cultural anthropology.
When it comes to mating, the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) likes to keep things in the family.
The mating Season is a comedy that stars Gene Tierney and John Lund.
Given that their mating sessions can last up to 70 hours, their bedroom—well, cave—performances seem pretty darn impressive.
The time of mating varies somewhat with climate, and with the conditions of the season.
That might be lost to her; but even so, she could not decline from its dear memory to a mating like this.
Most of it had been on the trail—in the traces—and the spirit of the mating season had only stirred him from afar.
In the mating season some birds have beauties which are ordinarily concealed.
It has been observed that traits differ with respect to their action in mating.
"associate, fellow, comrade," mid-14c., also "companion" (late 14c.), from Middle Low German mate, gemate "one eating at the same table, messmate," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maton "having food (*matiz) together (*ga-)," which is etymologically identical with companion. Cognate with Danish and Swedish mat, German Maat "mate," Dutch maat, from German. Meaning "one of a wedded pair" is attested from 1540s. Used as a form of address by sailors, laborers, etc., since at least mid-15c. Meaning "officer on a merchant vessel is from late 15c.
in chess, "a condition of checkmate," c.1300, mat, from Middle French mat, from Old French mater (see mate (v.2)).
c.1500, "to equal, rival," 1590s as "to match, couple, marry, join in marriage," from mate (n.1). Also, of animals, "to pair for the purpose of breeding." Related: Mated; mating.
"checkmate," c.1300, from Old French mater "to checkmate, defeat, overcome," from mat "checkmated" (see checkmate (v.)).
mating mat·ing (mā'tĭng)
The pairing of a male and a female for the purpose of reproduction.
mate 1 (māt)
Either of a pair of animals or birds that associate in order to propagate.
Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
To become joined in marriage.
To be paired for reproducing; breed.
A friend of the same sex; a friend or companion: Give me a hand, mate (1380+)