purebred

adjective
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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Other Words from purebred

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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Of that number, around 1,300 went to dogs that are purebred or include a mix of Labrador retriever, pit bull, German shepherd or chihuahua. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "German shepherd named Max? You’re not alone. Here’s how many dogs are licensed in St. Paul, and why owners bother.," 3 Aug. 2019 To conduct the research, Erin Hecht, a Harvard University neuroscientist (and the caretaker of two incredibly hyper Australian shepherds), and her colleagues assembled a library of MRI brain scans from 62 purebred dogs from 33 different breeds. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Humans haven’t just changed what dogs look like—we’ve altered the very structure of their brains," 2 Sep. 2019 Two of the puppies, purebred female huskies, were offered for sale online for $800 each. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Sick pit bull puppy stolen from SF shelter found in east Oakland," 1 Sep. 2019 Schmidt, the Columbia store's manager, said 20 employees will lose their jobs and customers will lose access to purebred puppies if the store has to close. Michael Kunzelman, chicagotribune.com, "Maryland pet stores sue to block state ban on dog, cat sales," 30 Aug. 2019 Live purebred breeding horses Might as well start with the first item on the list. Rex Crum, The Mercury News, "Billiards balls and tailors’ chalk: 10 unexpected products that new Chinese tariffs would affect," 29 Aug. 2019 The American Kennel Club, already under fire for championing purebred dogs, will not register clones. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "When is the best time to clone your dog?," 11 July 2019 Jackie, a 2-year-old purebred German shepherd, was purchased from a house breeder. Jasmine Johnson, Twin Cities, "German shepherd named Max? You’re not alone. Here’s how many dogs are licensed in St. Paul, and why owners bother.," 3 Aug. 2019 The American Kennel Club, already under fire for championing purebred dogs, will not register clones. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "When is the best time to clone your dog?," 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of purebred

1839, in the meaning defined above

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purebred

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of purebred

of animals : having parents that are of the same breed

purebred

adjective
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

purebred

adjective
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

Other Words from purebred

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

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