breeder

noun

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

Examples of breeder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While there’s always a concern that another state law could overturn this new ordinance, Roberson said the ordinance purposefully excludes commercial breeders and brokers, who are regulated by state law. Nadia Scharf, The Indianapolis Star, 9 July 2024 But should buying a purebred from a breeder — even an irresponsible one — count as a rescue? Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 5 July 2024 Though Japanese cattle are no longer exported for crossbreeding elsewhere, for a time, breeders in both the U.S and Australia had access to two of the four types of cattle, thus creating the American and Australian Wagyu varieties, high-fat cattle which are also prized for their sumptuousness. Amy Drew Thompson, Orlando Sentinel, 20 June 2024 The Legislative Services Agency said there are 192 commercial dog breeders, 113 animal rescues, 107 private animal shelters, 32 public animal shelters and six commercial dog brokers in Indiana. John Tuohy, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for breeder 

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Word History

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breeder was in 1531

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“Breeder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breeder. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

breeder

noun
breed·​er
: 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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