[ lahyn-bree-ding ]

  1. a form of inbreeding directed toward keeping the offspring closely related to a superior ancestor.

Origin of linebreeding

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; line1 + breeding Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use linebreeding in a sentence

  • In line breeding you breed the father to his daughter and the son to his mother.

  • Line-breeding is the breeding together of dogs of the same general strain, comparable to second or third cousins among people.

    The Airedale | Williams Haynes
  • By line breeding, we mean breeding the same stock without getting new males.

British Dictionary definitions for line breeding

line breeding

  1. selective inbreeding that produces individuals possessing one or more of the favourable characteristics of their common ancestor

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