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pure line

noun, Genetics.
1.
a uniform strain of organisms that is relatively pure genetically because of continued inbreeding and artificial selection.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10
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  • Hybrids were also more responsive to changes in environment and were more stable than pure line entries.
  • These dogs are pretty similar, as you'd expect when crossing one pure line with another.
British Dictionary definitions for pure line

pure line

noun
1.
a breed or strain of animals or plants in which certain characters appear in successive generations as a result of inbreeding or self-fertilization
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