A kind of

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something belonging to the class of; something like to; - said loosely or slightingly.

See also: Kind

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"A kind of cloth the making of which, when made of hemp, entails a great waste of hemp." -- Calcraft the Hangman.
A war in which the weapons are words and the wounds punctures in the swim-bladder of self-esteem -- a kind of contest in which, the vanquished being unconscious of defeat, the victor is denied the reward of success.
He has a kind of talent for drawing briefs, and stating a case in writing, plainly.