brood·​er | \ ˈbrü-dər How to pronounce brooder (audio) \

Definition of brooder

1 : one that broods
2 : a heated structure used for raising young fowl

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Most species of coral in the Great Barrier Reef reproduce in this way, but some, a group labeled brooders, reproduce by releasing larvae that settle nearby. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "The Great Barrier Reef’s corals are struggling to recover fast enough," 3 Apr. 2019 The change of attitude is pretty in-your-face in this track from her new album MY WOMAN, transitioning her from a weepy bedroom brooder to the girl who's finally taking charge and not pulling any punches. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "The 25 Best Songs of 2016 (So Far)," 11 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of brooder

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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brood·​er | \ ˈbrü-dər How to pronounce brooder (audio) \

Kids Definition of brooder

: a building or a compartment that can be heated and is used for raising young fowl

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