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fancier (noun) animal, plant, or bird breeder.
One who takes special interest in something, especially in a particular kind of animal, bird, or plant, is a fancier. A peacock fancier is one who takes interest in and breeds peacocks. A rabbit fancier breeds rabbits as they are interested in them. A fish fancier has an aquarium of different fishes.
- Mike Smith is a fancier with a difference. While breeding pigeons in which he has a lot of interest he has produced a doctoral thesis on this species of birds.
- A fancier of great repute, Phil has a large aviary in which he breeds a variety of birds, especially those with colorful plumages.