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English definition of “vein”

vein

noun (LAYER)    /veɪn/
[C] a narrow layer of a substance that forms in or fills a crack in rock : A rich vein of iron ore was found in the hillside .Mining and quarryingCoverings and layers [S] a particular quality or characteristic : A vein of satirical anger runs through all his work . In its bid to be elected , the party is attempting to tap (= use) an underlying vein of nationalism in the country .Conditions and characteristics
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