breed·​er | \ˈbrē-dər \

Definition of breeder 

: one that breeds: such as

a : an animal or plant kept for propagation

b : one engaged in the breeding of a specified organism

c : a nuclear reactor designed to produce more fissionable material than it uses as fuel

called also breeder reactor

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Buy from a breeder who puts the cat’s health and welfare foremost. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Cats’ quirks? Read about breeds," 27 June 2018 Visitors were encouraged to meet with dog owners and breeders and learn about characteristics, temperament, care, health, grooming and histories associated with specific breeds. Matthew Dolan, Detroit Free Press, "Prized pooches pampered, praised at Detroit Kennel Club annual show," 24 June 2018 Minnesota grape breeder Tom Plocher is the person who did Petite Pearl and now Crimson Pearl and Verona. Anne Schamberg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "California expert raises a glass to Wisconsin wines," 21 June 2018 While breeders were successful in getting the new chick’s mother and father to mate, the two did not make an authentic connection, and failed to form parental bonds with their egg. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "This Royally Adorable Baby Kingfisher Perpetuates a Species Extinct in the Wild," 1 June 2018 But only a sliver of that — $64 million, or just 1 percent of the total — went to breeder clubs as solidarity contributions, according to FIFA’s report on the 2017 transfer market . Washington Post, "Small clubs cross fingers for World Cup windfalls," 20 May 2018 The primary beneficiaries of those dollars: wealthy horse owners and racehorse breeders. Sam Wood,, "Pa.'s horse-racing industry gets more state money than Health or Agriculture Departments," 6 Apr. 2018 In some cases the breeder goat is ideal for cross-breeding with other goats so that their offspring can have a mix of qualities. Kristin Hugo, Newsweek, "Viral Damascus 'Goat Monster' Is a Real Goat — You Should See Him in Baby Form," 21 Mar. 2018 It was developed from European and American varieties by a group of plant breeders in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and the potatoes are now distributed nationwide by Race-West, a family company based in Clarks Summit, Penn. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Western Spud Heads East," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of breeder

1531, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of breeder 

: one that breeds: as

a : an animal or plant kept for propagation

b : one engaged in the breeding of a specified organism

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