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Breed, subst. 1) offspring: “nothing 'gainst time's scythe can make defence save b.” Sonn. 12, 14. Figuratively, == interest: “when did friendship take a b. of barren metal of his friend?” Merch. I, 3, 135.
2) race: “twice fifteen thousand hearts of England's b.” John II, 275. “this happy b. of men,” R2 II, 1, 45. “royal kings, feared by their b.” R2 II, 1, 45 (horses) “of the best b. in the north,” H8 II, 2, 4. “Rome, thou hast lost the b. of noble bloods,” Caes. I, 2, 151. “O worthiness of nature! b. of greatness!” Cymb. IV, 2, 25. In H6A I, 2, 30 M. Edd. bred.
Hence == family, extraction: “blaspheme his b.” Mcb. IV, 3, 108.
3) sort, kind: “are these the b. of wits so wondered at?” LLL V, 2, 266. “this courtesy is not of the right b.” Hml. III, 2, 327. “he and many more of the same b. that I know the drossy age dotes on,” V, 2, 197 (Ff. bevy).
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