The family also believed that inbreeding was central to both preserving the family fortune and ensuring “purity of blood.”
Their excuse for the killing the giraffe was that they were worried about inbreeding.
Break out the banjos and inbreeding jokes, folks, the Appalachian lounge suit is back.
inbreeding in·breed·ing (ĭn'brē'dĭng)
The continued breeding of closely related individuals so as to preserve desirable traits in a stock.
The breeding or mating of related individuals within an isolated or closed group of organisms or people. Inbreeding can result in inbreeding depression. However, in agriculture and animal husbandry, the continued breeding of closely related individuals can help to preserve desirable traits in a stock.