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Veins of the arm (1)
Veins of a leaf (3)
Veins of a wing (4)
Veins within a rock (5.1)


From Middle English veyne, borrowed from Anglo-Norman veine, from Latin vēna (a blood-vessel; vein; artery) of uncertain origin. See vēna for more. Displaced native Middle English edre, from Old English ǣdre (whence English edder).



vein (plural veins)

  1. (anatomy) A blood vessel that transports blood from the capillaries back to the heart.
  2. (in the plural) The entrails of a shrimp.
  3. (botany) In leaves, a thickened portion of the leaf containing the vascular bundle.
  4. (zoology) The nervure of an insect’s wing.
  5. A stripe or streak of a different colour or composition in materials such as wood, cheese, marble or other rocks.
    1. (geology) A sheetlike body of crystallized minerals within a rock.
  6. (figuratively) A topic of discussion; a train of association, thoughts, emotions, etc.
    …in the same vein
  7. (figuratively) A style, tendency, or quality.
    The play is in a satirical vein.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Francis Bacon
      certain discoursing wits which are of the same veins
    • (Can we date this quote?) Waller
      Invoke the Muses, and improve my vein.
  8. A fissure, cleft, or cavity, as in the earth or other substance.

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vein (third-person singular simple present veins, present participle veining, simple past and past participle veined)

  1. To mark with veins or a vein-like pattern.
    • 1853, Henry William Herbert, The Roman Traitor, Philadelphia: T.B. Peterson, Volume II, Chapter 18, p. 204,[1]
      [] as he ceased from that wild imprecation, a faint flash of lightning veined the remote horizon, and a low clap of thunder rumbled afar off, echoing among the hills []
    • 1920, Melville Davisson Post, The Sleuth of St. James’s Square, Chapter 14,[2]
      “We brought out our maps of the region and showed him the old routes and trails veining the whole of it. []

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Borrowed from German Wein during the 19th century, ultimately from Latin vīnum. See also viin.


vein (genitive veini, partitive veini)

  1. wine


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From Old French vin, from Latin vīnum, from Proto-Indo-European *wóyh₁nom.


vein m (plural veins)

  1. wine



vein n

  1. lament