stud·​book | \ ˈstəd-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce studbook (audio) \

Definition of studbook

: an official record (as in a book) of the pedigree of purebred animals (such as horses or dogs) also : a record of the lineage of a wild animal bred in captivity (as at a zoo)

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Recent Examples on the Web Just as zoos manage the genetics of captive lions and tigers, Pearson says each spider is given a code that is entered into a tarantula studbook to determine which future pairings would be beneficial and which would not. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Finding a forever home for trafficked tarantulas," 16 Sep. 2020 Over the years, a consortium of wolf conservation centers, zoos and the Fish and Wildlife Service have worked to expand the gene pool, using a tool called the studbook. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Competing interests leave Mexican gray wolf recovery efforts at a crossroads," 30 Dec. 2019 To keep track of captive birds and their origins, Downs teamed up with geneticist Sandi Willows-Munro to create an official Cape parrot studbook. National Geographic, "Africa's Most Endangered Parrot Fighting for Survival," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of studbook

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Studbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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