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breeding

noun [U] uk   /ˈbriː.dɪŋ/ us  

breeding noun [U] (ANIMALS)

the keeping of animals or plants in order to breed from them: The family's business was horse-breeding. We used to keep pigs for breeding purposes. the process in which animals have sex and produce young animals: The penguins' breeding season has begun.

breeding noun [U] (BEHAVIOUR)

(also good breeding) old-fashioned polite and socially correct behaviour that someone has because they were taught it as a child
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