breeding ground


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


hotbed, hothouse, nest, nidus, 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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Massachusetts is fertile breeding ground for startups in the communications and technology sectors. Larry Edelman,, "Cisco to buy Maynard firm for $2.6 billion," 9 July 2019 Standing water along arroyos, ditches, wetlands and even the side of the road is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 Little can be done to extend the life span of a liquid formula, since the applicator tip is in constant contact with your eyes and can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. Jolene Edgar,, "When to Throw Away Your Makeup, According to a Dermatologist," 2 July 2019 The Finnish version, which is often tucked away in a cabinet, can become a breeding ground for mold if the doors aren't left open. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "The Finnish Cleaning Method Will Forever Change the Way You Dry Dishes," 7 June 2019 According to the Australian Antarctic Division, among those dropping by the bird breeding ground was Eddie Gault, an expeditioner from the group. Kelli Bender, ajc, "If you give a curious Emperor penguin a camera, it's probably going to try and take a selfie," 8 Mar. 2018 Are countries that pride themselves on a healthy relationship with alcohol, then, not ideal breeding grounds for liquor-free establishments? Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Alcohol-Free Bars Caught on in the U.S. and U.K. But Can They Go Global?," 22 June 2019 Also, bar soaps can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Dermatologist’s Summer Skincare Plan," 7 June 2019 Any water sitting for seven to 10 days can be a breeding ground, according to health officials, so be sure your yard is free of standing water. 2. Liam Ford,, "It's mosquito season: 5 things to do to keep the pests at bay," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of breeding ground

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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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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