broodstock

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

brood +‎ stock

Noun[edit]

broodstock (countable and uncountable, plural broodstocks)

  1. (aquaculture) A group of sexually mature individuals of a cultured species that is kept separate for breeding purposes.
    • 2007 September 18, Henry Fountain, “A New Hope for Endangered Fish: Surrogate Breeding”, New York Times:
      So the spermatogonia of an endangered species could be kept preserved and used to produce male and female broodstock to help rebuild populations.