breeder

noun
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

Examples of breeder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The antemortem testing requirement, along with a slate of other deer breeder rules, were made official for at least for three years with the sunset the commission placed on the regulations at the meeting in November. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 16 Dec. 2021 Because Tavi has no sibling companions, he has been partnered with Yara, an 11-week-old female yellow Labrador puppy who was donated by a local breeder a few weeks ago. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2021 On October 30, a woman reported she was scammed out of $750 by a cat breeder from Athens, Georgia. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 Police also found dog fighting guides and magazines, breeder information, a skin stapler and veterinary medicine, authorities said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 21 Oct. 2021 One of more than 500 dogs and puppies rescued from a licensed breeder in Seymour, Iowa. NBC News, 4 Nov. 2021 Duke and Luna came from a breeder in the northern part of Georgia and are from the same bloodline as several other bloodhounds the agency has had on its force. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Hundreds of sick and mistreated dogs have been rescued from the properties of an Iowa dog breeder, whom the U.S. Department of Justice accused in September of multiple violations of the Animal Welfare Act. NBC News, 4 Nov. 2021 According to Hunter, prices from a reputable breeder can start at $4,500 and stretch to $10,000. Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of breeder

1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breeder was in 1531

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24 Dec 2021

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“Breeder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breeder. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for breeder

breeder

noun
breed·​er

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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