terrier

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ter·ri·er

noun \ˈter-ē-ər, ˈte-rē-\

: a type of small dog originally used for hunting

Full Definition of TERRIER

:  any of various usually small energetic dogs originally used by hunters to dig for small game and engage the quarry underground or drive it out

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Origin of TERRIER

Middle English terryer, terrer, from Anglo-French (chen) terrer, literally, earth dog, from terre earth, from Latin terra
First Known Use: 15th century

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terrier

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several dog breeds developed, mostly in England, to find and kill vermin and for use in the sports of foxhunting and dog fighting. Bred to fight and kill, they often were pugnacious but are now bred for a friendlier temperament. Because terriers had to fit in rodent burrows, most breeds are small and lean and have a rough, wiry coat that requires little maintenance. They have a long head, square jaw, and deep-set eyes. All terriers are vocal and inclined to chase and confront. Most breeds were named for the place where they were developed. See also Airedale terrier, Bedlington terrier, Boston terrier, bull terrier, Dandie Dinmont terrier, fox terrier, Irish terrier, pit bull terrier, Scottish terrier, Yorkshire terrier.

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