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[adj. pyoo r-bred; n. pyoo r-bred] /adj. ˈpyʊərˈbrɛd; n. ˈpyʊərˌbrɛd/
of or relating to an animal, all of whose ancestors derive over many generations from a recognized breed.
a purebred animal, especially one of registered pedigree.
Origin of purebred
1865-70; pure + bred Unabridged
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  • purebred wild water buffaloes may already have disappeared from the world, scientists acknowledge.
  • Breed dogs include purebred and mixed-breed animals.
  • purebred pets often come with a hefty price tag, but the value skyrockets when the animal for sale is an endangered species.
  • The more purebred the dog, the more likely could happen.
  • Also abundant were well-groomed, purebred canines strolling with their owners, who were talking on cellphones.
  • Dogs must be either a purebred or cross of the following breeds.
  • purebred calves means a strain established through breeding many generations of unmixed stock.
  • purebred pets as well as mixed-breeds are always available to adopt.
  • The rotation did appear to be more beneficial for purebred cows than crossbred cows, considering reproductive traits.
British Dictionary definitions for purebred


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

1868, from pure + bred.

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