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English definition of “strain”

strain

noun (TYPE)    /streɪn/
[C] a particular type or quality : A strain of puritanism runs through all her work .Conditions and characteristics [C] an animal or plant from a particular group whose characteristics are different in some way from others of the same group : Scientists have discovered a new strain of the virus which is much more dangerous .Species and gendersCategories and varieties
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