breeding ground


: the place to which animals go to breed
: a place or set of circumstances suitable for or favorable to growth and development
hurricane breeding grounds

Examples of breeding ground in a Sentence

a breeding ground for seals The Gulf of Mexico is a breeding ground for hurricanes. The company's casual atmosphere serves as a breeding ground for innovation.
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Word History

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of breeding ground was in 1630

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“Breeding ground.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

breeding ground

: the place where animals go to breed
: a place or situation that helps or allows something to grow or develop
an expanse of warm ocean that is a breeding ground for hurricanes
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