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Animal breeding and mating

asexual reproduction

noun

reproduction in which there is no joining of male and female cells

breed

verb

if animals breed, they become the parents of young animals

breeder

noun

someone who breeds animals or plants, especially as their job

breeding

noun

the process of mating and producing young animals

breeding

noun

the activity or business of keeping animals or plants and making them produce new animals or plants

breeding ground

noun

a place where animals breed

couple

verb

when animals couple, they have sex

courtship

noun

the behaviour of animals who are trying to attract a sexual partner

fecund

adjective

able to produce many babies, young animals, or new plants

fertile

adjective

a fertile person, animal, or plant is able to produce babies, young animals, or new plants

fishery

noun

a place where fish are bred, either to be sold for food or to be put into lakes and rivers to catch as sport

hatchery

noun

a place where fish or chicken eggs are hatched as part of a business

inbreeding

noun

the process of producing children or animals from parents who are close members of the same family

inseminate

verb

to put sperm into a woman or female animal in order to make her pregnant

interbreed

verb

if different types of animals interbreed, or if you interbreed them, they produce young animals that are a mixture of the two types

mate

noun

an animal’s sexual partner

mate

verb

if one animal mates with another, or if two animals mate, they have sex

mating

noun

sex between animals

multiply

verb

to increase in number by producing new animals, plants, bacteria etc

oestrus

noun

the period when a female animal can produce babies if she mates with a male

pair

noun

a male and female animal who breed (=produce baby animals)

pedigree

noun

the parents, grandparents etc of an animal, or a list of them

prolific

adjective

producing a lot of babies, or young plants or animals

rut

noun

the time of the year when some male animals are sexually active

season

noun

a period of the year when animals are sexually active

sire

verb

to become the father of an animal such as a horse or a cow

stud farm

noun

a place where male horses are kept and bred from to produce young horses

insemination

noun

procreation

noun

prolifically

adverb

in season

a female animal that is in season is ready to have sex

on heat

a female animal that is on heat is ready to mate with a male

put out/retire to stud

to keep a male animal that no longer works for breeding

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