breed (n.)
lineage, inheritance, stock
Cym IV.ii.25[Belarius to himself, of Arviragus] breed of greatness!
JC I.ii.150[Cassius to Brutus] Rome, thou has lost the breed of noble bloods! [i.e. the ability to produce nobility]
Mac IV.iii.108[Macduff as if to Scotland, of Malcolm] When shalt thou see thy wholesome days again, / Since that the truest issue of thy throne / By his own interdiction stands accursed / And does blaspheme his breed
R2 II.i.45[John of Gaunt to York, of England] This happy breed of men, this little world
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