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[adjective pyoo r-bred; noun pyoo r-bred] /adjective ˈpyʊərˈbrɛd; noun 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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  • Nine cheers followed, for the importer of the only pure-bred poultry in America.

    The History of The Hen Fever George P. Burnham
  • With them, too, I want a good sire, a pure-bred Yorkshire or Berkshire.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • Establishment of breeding service at institutional farms, and the building up of pure-bred herds thruout the state.

    Cox--The Man Roger W. Babson
  • A King, he will die royally: of an insolent race but pure-bred.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • The pure-bred Eskimo would at first glance seem to most of us Europeans anything but beautiful.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • And the pure-bred Brazilian native has not been entirely wiped off the face of his homeland.

    Rubber Edith A. Browne
  • Thus to the period 1830-45 belongs the first foundation of the pure-bred stock industry.

  • The pure-bred Eskimo generally marries as soon as he can provide for a wife.

    Eskimo Life Fridtjof Nansen
  • I knew Mary Belle was a pure-bred sheep of some kind, but I thought it was an ordinary kind.

British Dictionary definitions for pure-bred


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 pure-bred



1868, from pure + bred.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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