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/ ˈlændˌreɪs /
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an animal breed or plant cultivar that, isolated from other populations of its species, has adapted to its local environment, especially by purposeful means of breeding and agriculture: landraces of rice from Sri Lanka; a Turkish dog that is a beautiful landrace.
(usually initial capital letter) any of several widely distributed strains of large, white, lop-eared swine of Danish origin.



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Origin of landrace

First recorded in 1930–35; from Danish: literally, “country breed,” equivalent to land “country, land” + race “breed, stock” (from English or French); see origin at land, race2
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British Dictionary definitions for landrace

/ (ˈlændˌreɪs) /


mainly British a white very long-bodied lop-eared breed of pork pig
a breed of Finnish sheep known for multiple births
botany an ancient or primitive cultivated variety of a crop plant

Word Origin for landrace

from Danish, literally: land race
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