breeder

noun

breed·​er ˈbrē-dər How to pronounce breeder (audio)
: one that breeds: such as
a
: an animal or plant kept for propagation
b
: one engaged in the breeding of a specified organism
c
: a nuclear reactor designed to produce more fissionable material than it uses as fuel

called also breeder reactor

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sheep breeder Andreas is regarded by his fellow villagers as a kind person and his father as the village bully. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 6 Nov. 2022 Fields had teamed up with horse breeder Robin Kalaidjian to build a milelong turf track in Hardwick, about 25 miles west of Worcester, under the name Commonwealth Equine and Agricultural Center. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Nov. 2022 It was created by a Canadian pumpkin breeder named Howard Dill in the 1970s. Daniel Leonard, Scientific American, 28 Oct. 2022 This included, according to the lawsuit, destroying entire flocks of breeder hens to cut their ability to ramp up production and maintain artificially high prices. John Magsam, Arkansas Online, 26 Oct. 2022 The organisms also may be passed down between generations, from breeder birds to the ones that are raised for meat, which potentially implicates the entire production chain. WIRED, 18 Oct. 2022 Giuliani put me in touch with Tony Silva, a parrot breeder based in Homestead, Florida, who has written many books on birds and bird husbandry, and gives lectures all around the world. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 5 Oct. 2022 Like his oldest brother, Alex, who became a renowned cattle breeder, Elmo picked and chopped cotton in his father’s field as early as 7 years old. Jonmaesha Beltran, The Arizona Republic, 15 Aug. 2022 Despite being with Jagger at the time, Hall reportedly had a brief affair with royal horse breeder Robert Sangster, who was also married at the time. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, 23 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breeder was in 1531

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Cite this Entry

“Breeder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breeder. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

breeder

noun

breed·​er
: one that breeds: as
a
: an animal or plant kept for propagation
b
: one engaged in the breeding of a specified organism

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