Labrador retriever

noun
Lab·​ra·​dor retriever | \ ˈla-brə-ˌdȯr- How to pronounce Labrador retriever (audio) \

Definition of Labrador retriever

: any of a breed of medium-sized strongly built retrievers largely developed in England from stock originating in Newfoundland and having a short dense black, yellow, or chocolate coat and a thick rounded tail

called also Lab, Labrador

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First Known Use of Labrador retriever

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Labrador retriever

Labrador, Newfoundland

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“Labrador retriever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Labrador%20retriever. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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