from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The breeding season, when any animal mates or pairs; pairing-time.


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  • Returning to the rationality which they forsook during mating-time, they cannot live a joint rational existence without compromising.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • The warm spring days passed in a riot of song from the depths outside the post, the Assiniboine rippled and whispered along its shores and over the illimitable stretches of the wilderness there hung the very spirit of the mating-time.

    The Maid of the Whispering Hills

  • Other offers had been declined with the same characteristic firmness until now the golden season of mating-time was past, and although she was still a pretty little woman the stamp of spinsterhood was unalterably fixed upon her.

    Flood Tide

  • When full-grown the females outnumber the males about three to one; and the sexes stay together for only a few days at mating-time.

    I. A Cougar Hunt on the Rim of the Grand Canyon

  • It was his day of days, his love-time and his mating-time, and all crowned by this virginal possession of a mate who had said "Oh, Elam," as she had said it, and looked at him out of her soul as she had looked.

    Chapter XXIV

  • All tam show off lak a cock-grouse in mating-time.

    The Fur Bringers A Story of the Canadian Northwest

  • "This is mating-time; this is Gringo's honeymoon," and he followed the trail for a while, not expecting to find them, but simply to know their movements.

    Monarch, the Big Bear of Tallac

  • It stole into the shadows of a great pine-tree, and touched the white wings of the pigeons as they cooed the song of mating-time.

    Little Sister Snow

  • Yet it was only that this was mating-time, and the tender and the maternal strove blindly in her, and brought forth a largess great enough to touch other lots besides her own.

    Country Neighbors

  • When a sting and a tang strike across the dreamy air, and the frosts nip crisply, then the blood runs hot in the veins and mating-time stirs up both love and hate.

    The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life


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