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breeding ground

1. Literally, a place where animals congregate for the sake of breeding. The ducks return to their breeding ground in the park every spring. The state helps farmers maintain breeding grounds for livestock.
2. A place, environment, or situation that promotes or provides ample conditions for the development of something, whether tangible or intangible. Offices are breeding grounds for sickness in the winter time. We hope to create a dynamic research space for our students that will become a breeding ground for innovation and new ideas.
See also: breeding, ground
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The breeding grounds of seven of them, however, including the once common triller, skylark and thick-billed shrike, have declined markedly since the previous survey in 1978, the report said.
Andy Duncan, Smiths Concrete landscape management and forestry officer, said: "The ponds are used as a breeding ground for the newts as they emerge from their winter hibernation.
Baldoyle Estuary could be included in the 2000 programme while Malahide Estuary, golf club and castle grounds have already been identified as mosquito breeding grounds.
We recognize that populations of these birds throughout the country are in decline so Texaco's donation ensures that these species will continue to have a breeding ground," said David Pashley, a director of science and stewardship with The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana and an avid birder.
Persimmon Homes' attempt to build 500 houses next to Gosforth Nature Reserve would provide ideal breeding grounds for grey squirrels within the estate.
Now it is hoped Wales could also become a breeding ground for the fish-eating bird of prey.
Authors of the current study previously identified the same individual whale in both Atlantic and Indian Ocean breeding grounds at different times, the first recorded instance of a humpback whale traveling between these two oceans.
Pied flycatcher numbers are crashing in places where climate change has knocked the birds' spring migration out of sync with the food bonanza on the breeding ground.
This is perhaps the most insightful treatment yet of the pansexual golden age of Andy Warhol, who turned a former hat factory into the breeding ground where characters like Holly Woodlawn, Lou Reed, and Edie Sedgwick prepped America for its 15 minutes of fame.
And a sweaty, poorly ventilated foot is its ideal breeding ground.
The water soon be came a breeding ground for goldfish.
Interestingly, just as the theater was a breeding ground for the Hollywood musical, so--in a completely different fashion--Hollywood was a breeding ground for the theater, be it the Broadway musical or even modern dance and classic ballet.
As the leading international trade fair for the sector, IMB has a long heritage as a breeding ground for innovations and ideas.
Robert Bolan, MD, of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, said the warm, moist environments of gyms and bathhouses are an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria.
At worst it bred an atmosphere where people stopped caring about their neighborhoods, which became a breeding ground for serious and violent crime.