verb (used with object), bred, breed·ing.
- to cause to reproduce by controlled pollination.
- to improve by controlled pollination and selection.
verb (used without object), bred, breed·ing.
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Origin of breed
OTHER WORDS FROM breedbreed·a·ble, adjectiveo·ver·breed, verb (used with object), o·ver·bred, o·ver·breed·ing.re·breed, verb, re·bred, re·breed·ing.subbreed, noun
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No, those dogs were trained to do that behavior, wouldn’t naturally have done that behavior, and there was nothing about the breed which is different.Forget Everything You Know About Your Dog (Ep. 436)|Stephen J. Dubner|October 22, 2020|Freakonomics
Holstein cattle, which almost always carry horned genes, are highly productive dairy cows, so using conventional breeding to introduce hornless genes from less productive breeds can compromise the Holstein’s productivity.
Brazil’s herds are dominated by Nelore, a hardy breed that lacks the carcass and meat quality of breeds like Angus but can withstand high heat and humidity.
Scientists will have to look at the methylomes of different dog breeds to see if they differ.To figure out your dog’s ‘real’ age, you’ll need a calculator|Bethany Brookshire|August 12, 2020|Science News For Students
This mathematical exercise gives an objective and seemingly precise number for the genetic contribution from each breed.How to Design (or at Least Model) Mixed Dog Breeds|Pradeep Mutalik|July 31, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The attempt to “breed back” the Auroch of Teutonic legend was of a piece with the Nazi obsession with racial purity and eugenics.
A male and female who do most of the mating dominate packs, and younger subordinates only breed occasionally.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They seem to be a slightly different breed from those in New York or London.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps, once in awhile, scarcity will breed rational thinking, too.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014|Sarah Bay Williams|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And I am truly preserving something unique because those garments are like a dying breed.
He was a new breed, that parson, a genuwine no-two-alike, come-one-in-a-box kind.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
When Mac started Gregory back he told him that we would be along presently, then sat himself down on a rock and watched the breed.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
But such a thing as happened this morning must breed doubts and suspicions in a woman who has had the experience I have had.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
None breed, however, in Guernsey itself, or in any of the little rocky islands immediately surrounding it.
It stays on through the winter, but never remains to breed as it does regularly at Lundy Island.
British Dictionary definitions for breed
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
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Idioms and Phrases with breed
see familiarity breeds contempt.