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breeder

[bree-der] /ˈbri dər/
noun
1.
an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces.
2.
a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes.
3.
Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; breed + -er1
Related forms
nonbreeder, noun
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  • Horse breeders also consider conformation, size and temperament.
  • Genetic anomalies of the cairn terrier a reference manual for conscientious breeders.
  • Deafness was not recognized by early breeders, so the breed was thought to be stupid.
  • Some breeders feed a natural diet, consisting of meat and vegetables .
British Dictionary definitions for breeders

breeder

/ˈbriːdə/
noun
1.
a person who breeds plants or animals
2.
something that reproduces, esp to excess: rabbits are persistent breeders
3.
an animal kept for breeding purposes
4.
a source or cause: a breeder of discontent
5.
short for breeder reactor
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Word Origin and History for breeders

breeder

n.

1570s, "one who produces or originates," agent noun from breed (v.). Meaning "one who breeds cattle" or some other animal is recorded from 1530s. Of nuclear reactors, from 1948. As a scornful homosexual term for "heterosexual person," attested from 1986.

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Slang definitions & phrases for breeders

breeder

noun

A heterosexual person; straight: the scornful term ''breeders,'' used by some urban gays about heterosexual couples with children (1980s+ Homosexuals)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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