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Main Entry: 1strain
Pronunciation: primarystressstramacrn
Function: noun
1 a : LINEAGE, ANCESTRY b : a group of plants or animals that look alike but have characteristics (as the ability to resist disease) that make them slightly different : VARIETY 3b <a strong strain of winter wheat>
2 a : a quality or disposition that is natural or runs through a family <a strain of genius in the family> b : a small amount : TRACE, STREAK <a strain of sadness>
3 : MELODY 2, tune
4 : the manner or style of something said or of a course of action or conduct

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