breed, strain, stock(noun)
a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
"he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep"
a special type
"Google represents a new breed of entrepreneurs"
engender, breed, spawn(verb)
copulate with a female, used especially of horses
"The horse covers the mare"
cause to procreate (animals)
"She breeds dogs"
have young (animals) or reproduce (organisms)
"pandas rarely breed in captivity"; "These bacteria reproduce"
All animals or plants of the same species or subspecies.
A race or lineage.
A group of people with shared characteristics.
People who were taught classical Greek and Latin at school are a dying breed.
To sexually produce offspring.
Of animals, to mate.
To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation's qualities.
To arrange the mating of specific animals.
She wanted to breed her cow to the neighbor's registered bull.
To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities.
He tries to breed blue roses.
To make sure that one's young grow up to adulthood.
To yield or result in.
To ejaculate inside the penetratee during intercourse, especially in the rectum.
to produce as offspring; to bring forth; to bear; to procreate; to generate; to beget; to hatch
to take care of in infancy, and through the age of youth; to bring up; to nurse and foster
to educate; to instruct; to form by education; to train; -- sometimes followed by up
to engender; to cause; to occasion; to originate; to produce; as, to breed a storm; to breed disease
to give birth to; to be the native place of; as, a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men
to raise, as any kind of stock
to produce or obtain by any natural process
to bear and nourish young; to reproduce or multiply itself; to be pregnant
to be formed in the parent or dam; to be generated, or to grow, as young before birth
to have birth; to be produced or multiplied
to raise a breed; to get progeny
a race or variety of men or other animals (or of plants), perpetuating its special or distinctive characteristics by inheritance
class; sort; kind; -- of men, things, or qualities
a number produced at once; a brood
A breed is a specific group of domestic animals or plants having homogeneous appearance, homogeneous behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals or plants of the same species and that were arrived at through selective breeding. Despite the centrality of the idea of "breeds" to animal husbandry, no scientifically accepted definition of the term exists. A breed is therefore not an objective or biologically verifiable classification but is instead a term of art amongst groups of breeders who share a consensus around what qualities make some members of a given species members of a nameable subset. The term is distinguished from landrace, which refers to a naturally occurring regional variety of domestic animal through uncontrolled breeding. When bred together, animals of the same breed pass on these predictable traits to their offspring, and this ability—known as "breeding true"—is a requirement for a breed. Plant breeds are more commonly known as cultivars. The offspring produced as a result of breeding animals of one breed with other animals of another breed are known as crossbreeds or mixed breeds. Crosses between animal or plant variants above the level of breed/cultivar are referred to as hybrids.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
brēd, v.t. to generate or bring forth: to train or bring up: to cause or occasion.—v.i. to be with young: to produce offspring: to be produced or brought forth:—pa.t. and pa.p. bred.—n. that which is bred, progeny or offspring: kind or race.—ns. Breed′-bate (Shak.), one who is constantly breeding or producing debate or strife; Breed′er, one who breeds or brings up; Breed′ing, act of producing: education or manners.—Breeding in-and-in, pairing of similar forms: marrying always among near relations. [A.S. brédan, to cherish, keep warm; Ger. brüten, to hatch.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'breed' in Nouns Frequency: #1971
Rank popularity for the word 'breed' in Verbs Frequency: #802
The numerical value of breed in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of breed in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of breed in a Sentence
Familiarity breed contempt.
Successful people breed success.
How use doth breed a habit in a man.
How use doth breed a habit in a man!
Proud people breed sad sorrows for themselves.
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Translations for breed
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- ربى, تربيةArabic
- порода, род, развъждам, отглеждам, произход, пораждамBulgarian
- raça, criar, engendrarCatalan, Valencian
- rasa, plemeno, šlechtitCzech
- hervorrufen, Rasse, erzeugen, züchten, verursachen, Sorte, aufziehen, paaren, brütenGerman
- raso, brediEsperanto
- variedad, raza, aparear, criar, cultivar, casta, cepa, procrear, engendrarSpanish
- پرورش و اصلاح نژادPersian
- astuttaa, lisääntyä, synnyttää, rotu, jalostaa, kasvattaa, paritellaFinnish
- se reproduire, race, engendrer, éleverFrench
- síolraigh, póraigh, síolrachIrish
- gnè, seòrsaScottish Gaelic
- nemz, szaporodik, tenyészt, fajtaHungarian
- besar, berkembang biakIndonesian
- razza, riprodursi, allevareItalian
- 育てる, 繁殖Japanese
- 낳다, 가꾸다, 기르다, 품종, 계통, 치다, 거두다, 일으키다Korean
- бак, порода, багууKyrgyz
- educ tecum,Latin
- variëteit, broeden, fokken, rasDutch
- płodzić, hodować, gatunek, rasa, rozmnażać się, wychowywaćPolish
- variedade, cruzar, criar, gerar, raça, procriar, cultivarPortuguese
- разводить, развести, сорт, раса, племя, плодиться, размножаться, порода, родRussian
- soj, pasmina, rasa, lozaSerbo-Croatian
- plemeno, rasaSlovak
- avla, föröka, rasSwedish
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