: any of a breed of small swift slender dogs used for coursing small game and racing
Origin of WHIPPET
probably from 1whip
First Known Use: 1610
whippet noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Breed of hound dog developed in 19th-century Britain to chase rabbits in an arena. It was developed from terriers and English and Italian greyhounds, which it resembles. It stands 18–22 in. (46–56 cm), weighs about 28 lbs (13 kg), and has a smooth coat of gray, tan, or white. Capable of speeds up to 35 mph (56 kph), it is used for racing and for hunting small game. It is typically quiet and even-tempered.
Whippet—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.
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