an animal, plant, or person that produces offspring or reproduces.
a person who raises animals or plants primarily for breeding purposes.
Also called breeder reactor. Energy. a nuclear reactor in which more fissile material is produced than is consumed.

1525–35; breed + -er1

nonbreeder, noun Unabridged
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breeder (ˈbriːdə)
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 & History

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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Example sentences for breeders
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 .
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