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mate 1

 (māt)
n.
1. One of a matched pair: the mate to this glove.
2. A spouse or romantic partner.
3.
a. Either of a pair of birds or other animals that associate in order to propagate.
b. Either of a pair of animals brought together for breeding.
c. Either of a pair of plants, fungi, or other organisms that engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation with each other.
4.
a. A person with whom one is in close association; an associate.
b. Chiefly British A good friend or companion.
c. A person with whom one shares living quarters. Often used in combination: advertised for a new flatmate.
5. A deck officer on a merchant ship ranking next below the master.
6. A US Navy petty officer who is an assistant to a warrant officer.
v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
v.tr.
1. To join closely or combine: an engine that is mated to a four-speed transmission.
2. To cause to be united in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
3. To cause (organisms) to breed or bring (organisms) into close proximity for breeding.
v.intr.
1. To become joined in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
2.
a. To be paired for reproducing; breed.
b. To engage in sexual reproduction or conjugation.

[Middle English, from Middle Low German gemate, mate, messmate.]

mate 2

 (māt)
n.
A checkmate.
tr. & intr.v. mat·ed, mat·ing, mates
To checkmate or achieve a checkmate.

[Middle English, from Old French mat, checkmated, from Arabic māt, he has died; see checkmate.]

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bombilla (foreground) and mate cup(background)

ma·te 3

 (mä′tā) also ma·té (mä-tĕ′)
n.
1. An evergreen shrub or small tree (Ilex paraguariensis) of South America, widely cultivated for its leaves, which are used to prepare a tealike beverage.
2. A tealike beverage, popular in South America, made from the dried leaves of this plant. Also called Paraguay tea, yerba mate.
3. An oval or rounded container or cup, traditionally made from a hollow calabash, in which this tea is prepared and served.

[American Spanish, from Quechua mati, calabash container.]

mating

(ˈmeɪtɪŋ)
n
1. (Zoology) the action of pairing for reproduction
2. (Chess & Draughts) chess the action of checkmating
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mating - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposesmating - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
assortative mating - mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating
disassortative mating - mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating
hybridisation, hybridization, hybridizing, interbreeding, crossbreeding, crossing, cross - (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
inbreeding - the act of mating closely related individuals
servicing, service - the act of mating by male animals; "the bull was worth good money in servicing fees"

mating

noun breeding, sex, pairing, intercourse, procreation, copulating, copulation, coitus (formal), coition (formal) busy sea lions preparing for mating
Translations

mating

[ˈmeɪtɪŋ]
A. N
1. (Zool) → apareamiento m
2. (fig) → unión f
B. CPD mating call Naullido m/rugido m de la época de celo
mating season Népoca f de celo

mating

[ˈmætɪŋ] naccouplement mmating call n [male] → appel m du mâle; [female] → appel m de la femellemating season nsaison f des amours

mating

nPaarung f

mating

:
mating call
nLockruf m; (of birds also)Balzlaut m; (of deer also)Brunstschrei m
mating dance
nPaarungstanz m
mating season
nPaarungszeit f

mating

[ˈmeɪtɪŋ]
1. naccoppiamento
2. adjdell'accoppiamento

mat·ing

n. emparejamiento de sexos opuestos esp. para la reproducción.
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In true documentary form, the show uses a humorous soundtrack to accentuate clumsy animals going about their daily routines, a personal favourite being the Bird of Paradise mating dance.
I was fortunate the other day to watch the remarkable mating dance of the mute swan.
There's a kind of bird, about the size of a sparrow, called a blue manakin, and the males have a complicated mating dance.
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While in Aru, Alfred Russel Wallace witnessed the mating dance of the Greater Bird of Paradise, although its habitat is in New Guinea.
The only way that whooping cranes can reproduce is if they first do an exhausting mating dance together, and because Tex was imprinted on humans, she did not know enough to trust another whooping crane mate to dance with him at first.
But even stranger than that is the sight of an Australian spider's bizarre mating dance. But that's nothing compared to the post-coital routine.
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Viewers can join Brian as he observes the Geordies in all their glory, from the failures and successes of the mating dance to their interactions at the watering hole.