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vein

noun  /veɪn/ us  

vein noun (TUBE)

[C] biology a tube that carries blood to the heart from the other parts of the body [C] biology A vein is also any of the many small tubes in the leaves of plants that carry sap (= liquid containing a plant's food)

vein noun (LAYER)

[C] a layer of a substance in a crack in rocks or earth: a vein of iron ore

vein noun (MOOD)

[U] a style or a temporary mood: She published many novels and stories in the romantic vein then popular.
Translations of “vein”
in Korean 정맥…
in Arabic وَريد…
in French veine, nervure…
in Turkish damar, kan damarı…
in Italian vena…
in Chinese (Traditional) 管, 靜脈, 葉脈…
in Russian вена, жилка…
in Polish żyła, żyłka, nerw…
in Spanish vena, nervio…
in Portuguese veia…
in German die Vene, der Blattnerv…
in Catalan vena…
in Japanese 血管…
in Chinese (Simplified) 管, 静脉, 叶脉…
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