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1. A companion who provides assistance or support, especially a wife or husband. It's only by the support of my lifelong helpmate that I was able to get through the hardship of my father's death.
2. Anything or anyone that aids, assists, or is helpful, especially regularly or constantly. We've entered an age where phones are no longer merely tools for communication—they've become helpmates in nearly every facet of life.

she'll be right(, mate)

Everything will be OK; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Dave: "I'm just really worried that something's going to go wrong at the conference." Jim: "I know she'll be right, with how hard you've worked!" Sarah: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." Janet: "She'll be right, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."

she'll be apples

Everything will be fine; things will get better; don't worry about it. Primarily heard in Australia. Don't worry about the presentation. She'll be apples, considering how hard you've worked! A: "Things have felt really rocky between me and John lately." B: "She'll be apples, mate. I'm sure it's just the stress of his final exams that's making things hard at the moment."
See also: apple

mate someone with someone

 and mate an animal with some other animal
to pair or breed people or animals. The king sought to mate his daughter with the son of a magician. Harry wanted to mate his guppies with June's guppies.
See also: mate

mate with an animal

[for an animal] to copulate with its own kind. The gander mated with the goose in the barnyard. The coyote acted as if it wanted to mate with the dog.
See also: animal, mate

mate with someone

to marry with someone, and presumably, to copulate with someone. Did you meet anyone you would like to mate with and spend the rest of your life with?
See also: mate

She'll be apples.

  (Australian informal) also She's apples. (Australian informal)
something that you say in order to tell someone that they do not need to worry and that everything will happen as it should 'What if it rains for the wedding?' 'Don't worry, she'll be apples.'
See How do you like them apples!
See also: apple

label mate

n. someone who records on the same label (as the speaker). (Record industry.) Frank Duke is my label mate, and we like to get together and gossip about the record industry.
See also: label, mate
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Generally, those males exposed to other males prior to mating reproduced more successfully than those who had not.
Also the average egg clutch size was comparatively smaller in the 3 mates and multiple mating treatment compared to other treatments as shown in Fig.
MATE THIS Some of the mating habits of simultaneous hermaphrodites can be difficult for humans to understand.
Sexual conflict and the evolutionary ecology of mating patterns--water striders as a model system.
Sex pheromone of Ephestia cautella (Walker) (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae): Influence of mating on pheromone titer and release rate.
The finding of this isolate provides evidence of the pathogenic role of this rare mating type, emphasizes the critical function of molecular genetic tools in the characterization of C.
Araneae: Theridiidae) and its exceptional copulatory behaviour: emasculation, male palpal organ as a mating plug and sexual cannibalism.
A male mating preference for older females also characterizes Gombe chimps, comments behavioral ecologist Anne E.
Like salmon returning to spawn in the same creek bed in which they were hatched, an inner compass guides the emperors to the same mating place where they were conceived and born.
Mating success was determined by females who laid eggs.
The punch line sounds like a joke, but ligers--produced by a female tiger mating with a male lion--are actual animals and one of the world's more bizarre-looking hybrids, or mixed animal species.
Male elephant seals are cow-size mating machines that often claim a harem of 50 females.
Male bedbugs, for example, routinely ignore female reproductive-tract openings and poke their own openings for mating.
No significant or consistent differences from controls were found in the mating ability of irradiated male C.