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sire

(sīr)
n.
1. A biological father.
2.
a. The male parent of an animal, especially a domesticated mammal.
b. The plant or gamete responsible for fertilizing an ovule that develops into a seed.
tr.v. sired, siring, sires
1. To be the biological father of (a child).
2. To be the male individual or gamete producing (an animal's offspring or a plant's seed) through sexual reproduction: the boar that sired the litter; pollen grains siring seeds.

sire

male parent.

confirmed sire
one that has been proven to have good fertility.
sire evaluation
in farm animals, the estimation of the breeding value of a male by progeny testing.
sire-family average
the average performance of the half-sib family of which the individual is a member.
sire line
characteristics contributed to the offspring of a cross mating by the sire.
sire verification
verifying that a stated sire is indeed a parent by the use of a paternity testing technique.
References in classic literature ?
They are below, sire, and with your permission La Chesnaye will bid them come up.
Therefore, sire, your Majesty sees that they are come, quite contrite and repentant, to offer you their excuses.
Sire, the usurper is arming three ships, he meditates some project, which, however mad, is yet, perhaps, terrible.
So serious, sire, that when the circumstance surprised me in the midst of a family festival, on the very day of my betrothal, I left my bride and friends, postponing everything, that I might hasten to lay at your majesty's feet the fears which impressed me, and the assurance of my devotion.
Richard was neither a republican nor a royalist; Richard allowed his guards to eat his dinner, and his generals to govern the republic; Richard abdicated the protectorate on the 22nd of April, 1659, more than a year ago, sire.
Well, sire, I, in my turn, wish to take part in this game, where the stakes are thrown upon my royal mantle.
For your assistance, that is to say, not only for that which kings owe to each other, but that which simple Christians owe to each other -- your assistance, sire, either in money or men.
as you are, sire, having neither parliament nor Cardinal de Retz to apply to, will die of hunger, as his mother and sister had nearly done.
cried Charles, "you are a noble friend, sire -- a heart created by God
At the battle of Grandson, sire, he cried: 'Men of the cannon
I say, sire, that you may possibly be in the right, that the hour of the people may not yet have come with you.
I mount it, and I say aloud, in the first words that occur to me, what I have on my heart; and when one is of the people, sire, one always has something on the heart: Then people troop up, they shout, they ring the alarm bell, they arm the louts with what they take from the soldiers, the market people join in, and they set out.