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breed

Noun

1 a special lineage; "a breed of Americans"
2 a special variety of domesticated animals within a species; "he experimented on a particular breed of white rats"; "he created a new strain of sheep" [syn: strain, stock]
3 half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and Indian parents) [syn: half-breed]
4 a lineage or race of people [syn: strain]

Verb

1 call forth [syn: engender, spawn]
2 copulate with a female, used especially of horses; "The horse covers the mare" [syn: cover]
3 of plants or animals; "She breeds dogs"
4 have young (animals); "pandas rarely breed in captivity" [syn: multiply] [also: bred]bred See breed

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English

Pronunciation

  • /brεd/
    Rhymes: -ɛd
Homophones

Verb

bred
  1. past of breed

Danish

Noun

bred

Adjective

bred

Swedish

Pronunciation

Verb

bred
  1. imperative of breda

Adjective

bred
  1. wide; having great width

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Extensive Definition

See Breed (song) for the song by Nirvana. See Breed (video game) for the video game by Brat Designs.
A breed is a group of domestic animals with a homogeneous appearance, behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals of the same species. When bred together, animals of the same breed pass on these uniform traits to their offspring, and this ability—known as "breeding true"—is a definitive requirement for a breed. Plant breeds are more commonly known as varieties, or cultivars.
The breeder or breeders who initially establish a breed, do so by selecting individual animals from within the groups gene pool that they see as having the necessary qualities needed to enhance the breed model they are aiming for. These animals are referred to as “breed foundation”, or “breed origination”. Further, the breeder mates the most desirable from his point of view representatives, aiming to pass such characteristics to their progeny. This process is known as selective breeding. A written description of desirable and undesirable breed representatives is referred to as a breed standard. Breed specific characteristics also know as breed traits are inherited, and purebred animals pass such traits from generation to generation. Thus, all specimens of the same breed carry several genetic characteristics of the original foundation animal(s). In order to maintain the breed, a breeder would select those animals with the most desirable traits, to achieve further maintenance and developing of such traits. At the same time, avoiding animals carrying characteristics, not typical and/or undesirable for the breed, known as faults or genetic defects. The population within the same breed consists of a sufficient number of animals to maintain the breed within the specified parameters without the necessity of forced inbreeding. The breed includes several bloodlines that can be interbred to sustain the breed in whole without weakening the gene pool.
Domestic animal breeds commonly differ from country to country, and from nation to nation. Breeds originating in a certain country are known as "native breeds" of that country.
bred in Catalan: Raça
bred in Danish: Race
bred in German: Rasse
bred in Spanish: Raza
bred in Finnish: Rotu
bred in French: Race
bred in Hebrew: גזעי האדם
bred in Japanese: 人種
bred in Lithuanian: Rasė
bred in Dutch: dierenras
bred in Dutch: Ras (mensheid)
bred in Norwegian: Rase
bred in Polish: Rasa
bred in Simple English: Breed
bred in Slovenian: Pasma
bred in Swedish: Ras
bred in Chinese: 品種 (動物)
bred in Russian: порода

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