spawning ground

noun

1
: a place where animals (such as fish or frogs) go to lay eggs
2
: a place where something is created or produced often in large numbers
The country is a spawning ground for terrorists.

Examples of spawning ground in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s more than just the Fox crowd regurgitating the right-wing narrative of California as the spawning ground of social evils. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 South Fork Wind spans Cox Ledge, a spawning ground for Atlantic cod and 25 other species vital to the marine ecosystem and commercial fishing. Will Sennott, ProPublica, 18 Apr. 2023

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“Spawning ground.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spawning%20ground. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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