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noun [countable] specimen pronunciation in British English /ˈspesəmɪn/
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  1. 1
    medical a small amount of blood, urine, or another liquid taken from your body so that it can be examined

    a saliva specimen

    specimen of:

    We have to test a specimen of your blood before you can become a donor.

  2. 2
    an example of something, especially of a plant or an animal

    The first recorded specimen of the fish was caught in the Pacific.

    a magnificent specimen of an Indian fig tree

  3. 3
    a particular type of person. This word is often used in a humorous way, especially to talk about someone’s appearance

    He was a fine specimen of British manhood.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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