breed


breed
breed 'brēd vb, bred 'bred; breed·ing vt
1) to produce (offspring) by hatching or gestation
2) to propagate (plants or animals) sexually and usu. under controlled conditions
3 a) MATE
b) to mate with: INSEMINATE
c) IMPREGNATE (1) vi
1 a) to produce offspring by sexual union
b) COPULATE, MATE
2) to propagate animals or plants
breed n a group of animals or plants presumably related by descent from common ancestors and visibly similar in most characters esp such a group differentiated from the wild type under domestication

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