from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or belonging to a recognized strain established by breeding individuals of unmixed lineage over many generations.
  • n. A purebred animal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. that (usually an animal) which has genuine parents of the same breed
  • n. an animal which is of pure breed

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. bred for many generations from member of a recognized breed or strain
  • n. a pedigreed animal of unmixed lineage; used especially of horses


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  • Persians were over-represented in purebred cats and none were obese.

    Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes » Blog Archive » French Fat Cats

  • To say one chooses between a purebred from a breeder and an all-American mutt is just naive. —

    Choice of First Dog Is Narrowed to 2 Breeds - The Caucus Blog -

  • Meaning, please seek a rescue group if you want a particular breed, look in your local shelter for a surprise find, or, better yet, get over the "purebred" fetish and find out how stable, loyal and companionable the all-American mutt can be.

    Ingrid Newkirk: The Pope, PETA and Overpopulation

  • And like the unwanted excrescences of too-long tails and ears on "purebred" dogs, extraneous on purebred, bio-engineered consumers are the interconnections of human bonds which are then prevented from reforming by the application of cultural shock collars which let children know they're straying from convention and prompts shopping in which to find solace.

    IMPEDIMENTA (or Buried Alive)

  • Dr. Bragg refers to a late 20th Century subculture of purebred dog breeders who believe that their "purebred" animals are genetically superior to any "mutt," even though common sense tells us all otherwise, especially today with the rapid rise in canine, breed-specificgenetic illnesses.

    Canine Genetic Engineering

  • When we got Ranger shelter dog, probably "purebred" rough collie, picked up as stray I looked up collies to see how close he was to standard.

    Thoughts upon meeting a canine champion (What if No One's Watching?)

  • Beginning around 1870, however, with the establishment of kennel clubs in Britain and the United States, closed breeding books were introduced in the name of developing and maintaining "purebred" animals.

    The Truth About Dogs

  • This "purebred" of pigs is the kind, grand fatherly philosopher of change an obvious metaphor for Karl Marx.

    Animal Farm Character Profiles

  • Although Japan had previously only used long-established "purebred" strains, Toyama convinced Japan to use these improved, hybrid strains.

    The Santa Barbara Independent stories

  • Some of these dogs may not be 'purebred' but they are still cute, loving animals. Top Stories


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