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Definition a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
  • The museum holds over a million insect specimens.
specimens = examples regarded as typical of its class
  • they collected a tissue specimen for analysis
  • Her mouth partly open, she turned slowly through the pages, nodding at particular specimens.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • If he had been whole, he would have been a fine specimen of a man.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • specimen = example
  • Whoever killed Leonardo wanted one thing—the antimatter specimen.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • specimen = sample
  • This specimen was bred in the zoo.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • specimen = an example regarded as typical for its kind of animal
  • About the hall were the mounted heads of many animals — lions, tigers, elephants, moose, bears; larger or more perfect specimens Rainsford had never seen.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • Tate gave her a microscope and installed worktables, shelves, and closets for her specimens.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • ...and I wondered if they were all like the specimen I had seen the first day I started to school.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • specimen = sample or example
  • "Come in," she said, and led him into the small living room chockfull with her specimens.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • He made kitchen cabinets of heart pine, hung a new front door, a new screen on the porch, and made shelves for her specimens from floor to ceiling.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • For each specimen—hundreds, maybe thousands of them—it was the same.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimen = an sample regarded as typical of its class
  • He had no interest in learning the shells or feathers himself and questioned her when she scribbled notes in her journal or collected specimens.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • Now at last Kya could label all her precious specimens.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • And even though she couldn't write, Kya had found a way to label her specimens.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • specimens = samples representative of their class
  • You'd gone to the considerable expense to procure a specimen,
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • specimen = an sample regarded as typical of its class
  • This request, too, the lawyers refused, much to the regret of Milton Greeman, curator of Wistar's renowned collection of medical specimens.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • But the Psych Warfare boys did get live specimens, so I suppose Operation Royalty was a success.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And I'm not a particularly handsome specimen!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • I became increasingly aware that the man was staring at me, not impolitely, but as though he were studying an unknown specimen.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved

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