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breed sb. (not pre-Eliz.; 2 now replaced by ‘brood’)
1. race, strain R2 II. i. 45 “This happy breed of men,” H8 II. ii. 4, Cym. IV. ii. 25 “breed of greatness!” ; family Mac. IV. iii. 108; kind, species LLL. V. ii. 267 “the breed of wits so wonder'd at,” Ham. III. ii. 333 [327] “this courtesy is not of the right breed.”
2. offspring Sonn. xii. 14; fig. Mer.V. I. iii. 135 “A breed of barren metal.”
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