breeding ground


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breeding ground

n.
1. A place where animals breed.
2. A place or set of circumstances that encourages the development of certain ideas or conditions: a laboratory that is a breeding ground for new inventions.

breed′ing ground`


n.
1. a place where animals breed or to which they return to breed.
2. an environment suitable for or fostering the development of something.
[1930–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breeding ground - a place where animals breedbreeding ground - a place where animals breed    
pesthole - a breeding ground for epidemic disease
rookery - a breeding ground for gregarious birds (such as rooks)
Translations

breeding ground

n (of animal) → zona di riproduzione (fig) → terreno fertile (fig)
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