Maltese

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Mal·tese

noun \ml-ˈtēz, -ˈtēs\
plural Maltese

Definition of MALTESE

1
:  a native or inhabitant of Malta
2
:  the Semitic language of the Maltese people
3
:  any of a breed of toy dogs with a long silky white coat, a black nose, and very dark eyes
Maltese adjective

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First Known Use of MALTESE

1615

Maltese

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of toy dog named for the island of Malta, where it may have originated about 2,800 years ago. Delicate-looking but vigorous, affectionate, and lively, it was once the valued pet of the wealthy and aristocratic. It has a long, silky, pure-white coat, hanging ears, a compact body, and a plumed tail that curves over its back. It stands about 5 in. (13 cm) and weighs up to 7 lbs (3 kg).

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