Origin of breeding
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.
Origin of breed
Synonyms for breed
Related Words for breedingdevelopment, training, rearing, lineage, urbanity, gentility, refinement, civility, upbringing, manners, culture, courtesy, ancestry, schooling, conduct, polish, nurture, grace, raising
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Contemporary Examples of breeding
“Hence, there might be a net benefit, at least to some females, of breeding within the natal group,” the researchers speculate.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family
December 29, 2014
Its adaptability and breeding capabilities ensured that it would be selected for mass production on an unimaginable scale.The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
December 27, 2014
The critters have the propensity to devour their babies if alarmed and so require a calm environment for breeding.Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Cute, Furry Bunnies
August 19, 2014
Even when bred in captivity, Leahy said breeding facilities are often horrendous, resembling factory farming.The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
July 20, 2014
Breeding a resistant strain can take five generations of plants, and 15 years.Will Coffee Rust Hurt Starbucks?
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of breeding
The improvement in breeding and raising live-stock must not be omitted.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
It is only in the begetting of men that breeding from the worst stocks may be said to be the rule.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
Pray be seated, but really I am forgetting the commonest rules of breeding.
Her ignorance of all breeding is amusing, but then I think she has a natural elegance.
Is not the quality of dogs improved by breeding from the good and eliminating the bad?The Sexual Question
verb breeds, breeding or bred
Word Origin for breed
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.
see familiarity breeds contempt.