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  1. mat·ing
    IPA[ˈmādiNG]
  2. noun

    • 1. the action of animals coming together to breed; copulation:

      ovulation occurs only if mating has taken place
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: mating, plural noun: matings

    • noun

      the action of animals coming together to breed; copulation:
    • noun

      each of a pair of birds or other animals:

      a person's husband, wife, or other sexual partner:

    • verb

      (of animals or birds) come together for breeding; copulate:

      bring (animals or birds) together for breeding:

    • noun

      an infusion of the leaves of a South American shrub, which is high in caffeine and bitter:

      the leaves of the maté shrub.

    • noun

      short for checkmate
    • verb

      short for checkmate
    • noun

      the sexual partner of a bird or other animal:

      a person's husband, wife, or other sexual partner:

    • verb

      (of animals or birds) come together for breeding; copulate:

      bring (animals) together for breeding:

    • noun

      a bitter infusion of the leaves of a South American shrub, which is high in caffeine:

      the leaves of the maté shrub.

    • noun

      short for checkmate
    • verb

      short for checkmate
    • noun

      a characteristic call uttered by an animal during the mating season, especially by males to attract potential mates:
    • noun

      a period of the year during which members of an animal species mate, typically adopting behaviour characteristic of their species:
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