American pit bull terrier

noun

Definition of American pit bull terrier

: any of a breed of muscular, agile dogs that have a short, smooth coat, were developed to combine the traits of terriers and bulldogs, have extremely powerful jaws and great strength and tenacity, and that were originally bred for dog fighting called also pit bull terrier

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1936

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