American pit bull terrier


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

First Known Use of American pit bull terrier

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“American pit bull terrier.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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