rebreed

verb
re·​breed | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbrēd How to pronounce rebreed (audio) \
rebred\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈbred How to pronounce rebred (audio) \; rebreeding; rebreeds

Definition of rebreed

1 transitive : to breed (an animal or species of animal) for a second or subsequent time The majority of pet rabbits can be safely rebred every 75 to 90 days.— Karen Patry
2 intransitive : to produce offspring by sexual union for a second or subsequent time Cows that are thin … at calving take longer to resume estrous cycles and, therefore, are delayed in their ability to rebreed.— Doug Shepherd

First Known Use of rebreed

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rebreed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rebreed. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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