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The museum holds over a million insect specimens.
  a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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  • The museum holds over a million insect specimens.
  • they collected a tissue specimen for analysis
  • This specimen was bred in the zoo.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Whoever killed Leonardo wanted one thing—the antimatter specimen.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons

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  • 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
  • You’d gone to the considerable expense to procure a specimen,
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Wherever Willoughby went, there followed axiomatically a coterie of passive, mostly negative characters known as the Courthouse Crowd, specimens Willoughby had put into the various county and municipal offices to do as they were told.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • It carries the logo of FedEx, but this craft is a sorry specimen.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Hans glared at Thomas, scrutinized him like a scientist examining a specimen.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Marcia, she learned, thought bull riders oozed sex appeal, and more than once, her roommate had nudged her to point out a particularly handsome specimen, including the guy who’d won it all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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  • "It was mine, actually," said Isabelle, who was looking at Emma as if she were a fascinating specimen.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • You are a disgusting specimen, corporal.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • They were marked: 100% Grain Alcohol for the Preservation of Specimen Stomachs.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Put the specimen back where it was.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Green technology for live specimens?
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Jars filled with leaves and dried flowers, jars filled with finely labeled liquids, jars filled with animal specimens and formaldehyde.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Despite the winter cold, the young oaks rose tall and green, growing in concentric circles around a slightly larger specimen in the center.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Sticky, who happened to consider himself a prime specimen of scaredy cat, moved on without comment.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The anaconda men are forever trumpeting the Orinoco specimen that weighed well over five hundred pounds, while the python people never fail to reply by pointing out that the African Rock found outside Zambesi measured thirty-four feet, seven inches.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Denton Deere hurried to seek first aid for his bleeding shin and sent the biggest male nurse on the floor to take care of Turtle, the same male nurse who chased Otis Amber out of the hospital for sneaking up on a nurse’s aide carrying a specimen tray and shouting, "Boom!"
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Yes, he’s lost some weight in the last month, but he’s got a long way to go before he’s any kind of athletic specimen.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • "That’s how Audubon got his specimens," he said.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • "Not the greatest specimen," Mack says, "but I got her cheap from this bankrupt circus out west.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • If you were to visit our house today, you would find a lot of evidence of our faith just lying around: music by Christian bands Zoe Girl, Relient K, and Cutlass; easy-to-read Bibles; even surf movies like Changes or Specimen produced by Christian surfers.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • "Damn, you’re a fine specimen of a man, son.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • There are carpenters’ shops, taxidermists’ studios, acres of shelves and specimen drawers, whole museums within the museum.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I don’t like that she’s standing there, composed and detached, evaluating me like I’m a taxidermy specimen.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • I could stay excited looking at live specimens day in and day out.
    Kaye Gibbons  --  Ellen Foster
  • Is there someone who will come and take care of the children while you are out collecting specimens?
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • I wished I had brought a notebook to get it all down, but listened intently to the cracked old voice, and did my best to commit the information to memory as I stowed our specimens in the heavy plant presses.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Legend had it that in 1792 a collector, owning one of the world’s few specimens, bought another at auction, only to destroy it, making his first specimen more valuable.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Like a gardener occupied with greenhouse specimens, brushing aphids from individual plant leaves, he absorbed himself in the texture and grain of individual pieces, the hidden drawers, the scars and marvels.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Joanna’s been holding specimens of my hair in a jar ever since we were divorced?"
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • That’s what I get for marrying a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen of a — —.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • There, now—that’s a specimen.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • It’s like the specimens back at the hospital, I told myself.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • So of course, of course I am given such a useless, untrained, hopeless specimen of underdevelopment as yourself.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • There was one left, a large and sturdy specimen.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A tin box for botanical specimens hung over his shoulder and he carried a green butterfly-net in one of his hands.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Such a specimen.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Saget looked at Langan oddly, as if he were some kind of laboratory specimen.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • His father’s jeweler’s eyes looked deeply into each specimen for cracks and flaws.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • In reading your life, no one can say that we have unfairly picked out some rare specimens of cruelty.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Fine specimens of humanity, those Germans, and to think I’m actually one of them!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I have made it my business to examine some specimens of the writing of Doctor Manette.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • The hall before him, he thought, was a splendid specimen of architecture, made a bit stuffy today by the crowd and by the neglected problem of ventilation.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • When he did, I made a long cut down the length of the specimen.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Peeta and I have been training intensely, though, and Finnick’s such an amazing physical specimen that even with Mags over his shoulder, we climb rapidly for about a mile before he requests a rest.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that irremediable ruin.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I’d spent my life imagining all the ways she’d loved me, what a perfect specimen of a mother she was.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
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