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Breeder, 1) one who begets: “when the work of generation was between these woolly --s in the act,” Merch. I, 3, 84. “why wouldst thou be a b. of sinners?” Hml. III, 1, 123. Perhaps in the following passage also: “as loathsome as a toad amongst the fairest --s of our clime,” Tit. IV, 2, 68; but this may be == people who are of the fairest breed or race.
2) female: the fair b. that is standing by (sc. a mare), Ven. 282. “the unbacked b.” Ven. 282 “you love the b. better than the male,” H6C II, 1, 42.
3) author: “time is the nurse and b. of all good,” Gentl. III, 1, 243. “the b. of my sorrow,” H6C III, 3, 43. “hath been b. of these dire events,” Tit. V, 3, 178.
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