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Old English strēon, ġestrēon, from Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European *streu ( cognate with Latin strues (heap)

Singular
strain

Plural
strains

strain (plural strains)

  1. (obsolete) Treasure.
  2. (obsolete) The blood-vessel in the yolk of an egg.
  3. (archaic) Race; lineage, pedigree.
  4. a tune, melody
  5. (biology) A particular breed or race of animal, microbe etc.
    They say this year's flu virus is a particularly virulent strain.
  6. Hereditary character, quality, or disposition.
    There is a strain of madness in her family.
  7. (rare) A kind or sort (of person etc.).


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