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purebred

[adj. pyoo r-bred; n. pyoo r-bred] /adj. ˈpyʊərˈbrɛd; n. ˈpyʊərˌbrɛd/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed.
noun
2.
a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.
Origin of purebred
1865-1870
1865-70; pure + bred
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  • purebred livestock is raised on many of the farms in this vicinity.

    North Dakota Various
  • I might stand one or the other purebred, but the cross seems to bring out the worst strain in both.

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • They were bigger than the purebred Kent lambs, and seemed hardy enough.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • "Thoroughbred for a horse, and purebred for a cow," Rose repeated willingly.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
British Dictionary definitions for purebred

purebred

adjective (ˈpjʊəˈbrɛd)
1.
denoting a pure strain obtained through many generations of controlled breeding for desirable traits
noun (ˈpjʊəˌbrɛd)
2.
a purebred animal Compare grade (sense 9), crossbred (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for purebred
adj.

1868, from pure + bred.

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