: the process by which young animals, birds, etc., are produced by their parents

: the activity of keeping and caring for animals or plants in order to produce more animals or plants of a particular kind

: the way a person was taught in childhood to behave : good manners that come from being raised correctly

Full Definition of BREEDING

:  the action or process of bearing or generating
:  ancestry
a archaic :  education <she had her breeding at my father's charge — Shakespeare>
b :  training in or observance of the proprieties
:  the sexual propagation of plants or animals

Examples of BREEDING

  1. She became involved in the breeding of sled dogs.
  2. His politeness shows good breeding.
  3. a person who lacks breeding

First Known Use of BREEDING

14th century

Rhymes with BREEDING


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Application of genetic principles in animal husbandry, agriculture, and horticulture to improve desirable qualities. Ancient agriculturists improved many plants through selective cultivation. Modern plant breeding centres on pollination; pollen from the chosen male parent, and no other pollen, must be transferred to the female parent. Animal breeding consists of choosing the ideal trait (e.g., fine wool, high milk production), selecting the breeding stock, and determining the breeding system (e.g., crossbreeding, inbreeding).


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