pure·​bred | \ ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) , -ˌbred\

Definition of purebred

: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without admixture of other blood over many generations

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purebred \ ˈpyu̇r-​ˌbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \ noun

Examples of purebred in a Sentence

that horse is a purebred Arabian

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In 2001, the pair purchased five purebred Holstein cows. Deborah Hornblow, courant.com, "Boutique Farms: Creative And Resourceful Farmers Find Their Artisanal Niche," 25 June 2019 Rarity and super-popularity are both seen as mixed blessings in canine competition, and sometimes in the purebred dog world as a whole. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "A breed apart: Rare Westminster dogs have ring to themselves," 13 Feb. 2019 And the vast majority are purebred or designer mixes, with less than 2 percent of unknown pedigree. Christy Gutowski, chicagotribune.com, "Revised ordinance aims to stop breeders from selling 'rescue' puppies to city shops," 23 May 2018 Are there purebred Labradors and poodles out there that were simply never registered? Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth Was Fooled by a Fake Purebreed Dog," 18 Sep. 2018 As the runt of a purebred litter, Pip is half the size of her sister, Poppy. Diana Bruk, Country Living, "Meet the Tiniest Pug in Britain, Who Is Only 4 Inches Tall," 27 May 2015 Zarif's dog, a 13-year-old purebred boxer named Tyson who was the star of his owner's Instagram account, died without warning. Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY, "Klay Thompson’s historic playoff game was dedicated to friend’s dog," 21 Mar. 2018 The team hopes to see the first purebred northern white rhino born to a surrogate through this method in three years, Dr. Hildebrandt said. New York Times, "Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies," 4 July 2018 The debate Whatever the rankings, animal-rights activists say purebred fads drive puppy mills, consign other dogs to shelters and prioritize looks over health. CBS News, "Top U.S. dog breeds: Labs lead, French bulldogs leap in popularity," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of purebred

1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of purebred

of animals : having parents that are of the same breed


pure·​bred | \ ˈpyu̇r-ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \

Kids Definition of purebred

: bred from ancestors of a single breed for many generations purebred horses


pure·​bred | \ -ˈbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \

Medical Definition of purebred

: bred from members of a recognized breed, strain, or kind without outbreeding over many generations

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purebred \ -​ˌbred How to pronounce purebred (audio) \ noun

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