Arabian horse


: any of an ancient breed of swift compact horses developed in Arabia that have large wide-set eyes, a face that is dished in profile, and usually gray or chestnut silky hair

Note: Arabian horses are noted for their graceful build, speed, intelligence, and spirit and are often used as sires to improve or modify other breeds.

Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Arabian horse was in 1588

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“Arabian horse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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Arabian horse

: a horse of a breed originally used in Arabia and nearby areas and noted for its graceful build, intelligence, and spirit

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