breeding ground

noun

Definition of breeding ground 

1 : the place to which animals go to breed

2 : a place or set of circumstances suitable for or favorable to growth and development hurricane breeding grounds

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Synonyms for breeding ground

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hotbed, hothouse, nest, nursery, seedbed, seminary

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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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The molt is timed to occur on the breeding grounds when adult birds are tending broods. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Canada geese grouping up before molt migration," 9 June 2018 Click to Read Story William Wegman: A Comic Conceptualist A look at the California breeding ground that brought forth William Wegman’s Weimaraner-rich art. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Met Museum Brings Some Versailles to New York," 31 Mar. 2018 Many of these migrants continue on to their breeding grounds in eastern Siberia. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Sandhill cranes make their annual short and noisy Interior Alaska stopover," 7 May 2018 Some make epic migrations between their wintering and breeding grounds: One record-setting rufous hummingbird was tracked more than 3,500 miles from Tallahassee, Florida, to near Anchorage, Alaska. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018 There is no female driver in the top NASCAR breeding grounds right now. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Diverse NASCAR drivers Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace have ability to help sport grow | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 7 Apr. 2018 Additional moisture from the July 4 storm will create more breeding grounds for mosquitoes, Noack said. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Montgomery County officials find 38 cases of mosquitoes with West Nile Virus; urge taking precautions," 6 July 2018 But officials are still urging people to be proactive in eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "West Nile Virus season has begun: 8 birds have tested positive in Sac County," 25 June 2018 Las Vegas summer league is the perfect breeding ground for NBA overreaction. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets takeaways from Vegas on a trimmer Miles Bridges, a savvy Devonte Graham, more," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of breeding ground

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breeding ground

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breeding ground

: a place where animals go to breed

: a place or situation that helps or allows something to grow, develop, etc.

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