linebreeding

[lahyn-bree-ding]

noun Genetics.

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

Nearby words

  1. linearize,
  2. lineate,
  3. lineation,
  4. linebacker,
  5. linebred,
  6. linecaster,
  7. linecasting,
  8. lined,
  9. lineker,
  10. lineman

Origin of linebreeding

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; line1 + breeding

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British Dictionary definitions for line breeding

line breeding

noun

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