breed·​er | \ ˈbrē-dər How to pronounce breeder (audio) \

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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Thoroughbred breeders in 2017 won about $4.7 million in bonuses from the Maryland Bred Race Fund, while owners earned $1.1 million, according to the commission’s annual report. Doug Donovan,, "Several Maryland racing regulators earning breeder bonuses also own winning racehorses," 30 Aug. 2019 Delilah was born at the facility in 2013 and Petite was purchased from a breeder in 2015, the WCW. NBC News, "Cats saved from gov't 'kitten slaughterhouse' visit Capitol to purr thank you," 26 July 2019 Avent came across a taro breeder in Hawaii, John Cho, and worked with him to produce new ornamental varieties from his stock, including strikingly black-leafed versions. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 Since his release from prison, Azeem has become a dog breeder, and is now venturing into real estate. Akintunde Ahmad, The Atlantic, "The Bleak Truth Behind My ‘Inspiring’ Path From Oakland to Yale," 12 Sep. 2019 Burbank is a russet cultivar named after a plant breeder named Burbank. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers — and diners — dig potatoes of all types and colors," 15 Aug. 2019 In previous decades, the species had completely disappeared as a breeder along the river. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 The city would allow dogs, cats and rabbits to be sold by breeders or directly from the premises where they are born. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "National City moves to ban retail sales of dogs, cats and rabbits," 22 Aug. 2019 The group is working with Agri Advanced Technologies (AAT), a German subsidiary of one of Europe's largest chicken breeders, to develop a prototype system. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "‘Ethical’ eggs could save male chicks from mass slaughter," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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