Definition of 'specimen'
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Also used in the preservation of biological animal specimens. The Residue Report - an action plan for safer food (1988)He was charged with failing to provide a specimen. The Sun (2015)My wife said he was a fine specimen. The Sun (2007)He is accused of failing to provide a breath specimen while in charge of a motor vehicle. The Sun (2011)This is not the sort of garden for impulse purchases of a single specimen from a plant fair. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The best specimens are planted where you can walk round them without being crowded out by their neighbours. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The finest specimens from collection are now emerging from their boxes to be for the pleasure the viewing public. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Are they all fine physical specimens? Times, Sunday Times (2016)You can gaze on stuffed specimens of the animals that were part of the subtle and cumulative process of reaching his eureka. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is a perfect environment to rear treasured specimens and plants that might be slightly hysterical if left to their own devices. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The actual number of individual specimens we have is about 28 million. Times, Sunday Times (2006)They are fine specimens, with large baseball caps and a beer bottle clutched in each hand. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The finest specimens can be 2,500 years old. Times, Sunday Times (2014)An examination of the microscopic leaf pores in old specimens showed that plants have steadily grown fewer pores over the past 200 years. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It is a very ancient tree, with fossil specimens turning up in coal measures from millions of years before most modern trees existed. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The Monarch was about 16 years old and was a fine specimen of an animal. Times, Sunday Times (2014)It covers 600 acres and includes areas of ancient woodland, specimen plants and open grassland. The Sun (2008)
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Translations for 'specimen'
British English: specimen NOUN
for scientist A specimen is a single plant or animal which is an example of a particular species or type and is examined by scientists.
200,000 specimens of fungus are kept at the Botanical Institute.
British English: specimen NOUN
as example A specimen of something is an example of it which gives an idea of what the whole of it is like.
Job applicants have to submit a specimen of handwriting.
Definition of specimen from the Collins English Dictionary
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