1. [ noun ] a special lineage

"a breed of Americans"

Related terms: lineage
2. [ verb ] call forth
Synonyms: engender spawn
Related terms: cause
3. [ verb ] (sexuality) copulate with a female, used esp. of horses
Synonyms: cover

"The horse covers the mare"

Related terms: copulate animal_husbandry brood
4. [ noun ] (biology) a taxonomic category consisting of members of a species that differ from others of the same species in minor but heritable characteristics
Synonyms: stock strain variety

"varieties are frequently recognized in botany"

Related terms: animal_group taxonomic_group cultivar pedigree bloodstock species species biology
5. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 9154
6. [ verb ] have young; used of animals; derogatory when used for people
Synonyms: multiply
Related terms: reproduce pullulate reproduction generation
7. [ noun ] half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and Indian parents)
Synonyms: half-breed
Related terms: half-caste metis
8. [ verb ] of plants or animals

"She breeds dogs"

Related terms: produce mate crossbreed mongrelize
9. [ noun ] (genetics) a lineage or race of people
Synonyms: strain
Related terms: ancestry
Similar spelling:   bread