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mate 1

1. One of a matched pair: the mate to this glove.
2. A spouse or romantic partner.
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.
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
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.
1. To become joined in marriage or a romantic sexual relationship.
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

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′)
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.]


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"


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


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


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


nPaarung f


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


1. naccoppiamento
2. adjdell'accoppiamento


n. emparejamiento de sexos opuestos esp. para la reproducción.
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An experimental study on the effects of predation risk and feeding regime on the mating behavior of the water strider.
Researchers have published their observations of a rare example of interspecies mating behavior as a male Japanese macaque, or more popularly known as the snow monkey, has been documented while attempting to have sex with female sika deer on Japan's Yakushima Island.
The mating behavior of X marmoratus has not been studied in detail yet, but basic observations made in the laboratory (T.
Aplysia californica are not thought to habitually engage in reciprocal mating behavior in the lab or in the field (Pennings, 1991; Ludwig and Walsh, 2008).
In Diptera, sex pheromones play an important role in eliciting mating behavior (Casartel et al.
Biological aspects and mating behavior of Leucothyreus albopilosus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae).
First, the adult density in production cages often leads to degeneration in most aspects of normal mating behavior, such as early initiation of calling and mating (Cayol 2000).
For example, information on patterns of aggression and mating behavior across years can be used to monitor wellbeing, assess response to changes to group composition, and promote successful reproduction.
It can benefit both the male and female, because they're going to achieve higher reproductive success if their mating behavior and parental behavior is well-coordinated and well-timed.
Even at levels as low as 1 part per billion (imagine the ink concentration of a drop of ink in the largest gasoline tanker truck), affected mating behavior (nest building and defending in male fish).
Observations of socio-sexual behaviors of free-ranging CIBW are needed to address critical information gaps on the natural history, mating behavior, and potential behavioral habitat preference of this declining insular population.
Increased vocalization is also frequently observed in cats during mating behavior.