The definition of a breed is a group of animals that has a specific characteristic or trait.(noun)
The beagle is an example of a dog breed.
To breed is to cause reproduction by controlled mating to achieve a desired trait, or to cause something to happen over time.(verb)
See breed in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME breden < OE bredan < brod, fetus, hatching: see brood
See breed in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb bred bred (brĕd), breed·ing, breeds verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English breden
Origin: , from Old English brēdan; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.
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