Lhasa apso

noun, often capitalized A
Lha·​sa ap·​so | \ ˈlä-sə-ˈäp-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce Lhasa apso (audio) , ˈla-sə-ˈap- How to pronounce Lhasa apso (audio) \
plural Lhasa apsos

Definition of Lhasa apso

: any of a Tibetan breed of small dogs that have a dense coat of long hard straight hair, a heavy fall over the eyes, heavy whiskers and beard, and a well-feathered tail curled over the back

called also Lhasa

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First Known Use of Lhasa apso

1935, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Lhasa apso

Lhasa, Tibet + Tibetan (Lhasa dialect) ə̄bsɔɔ̀ (written Tibetan absog) small hairy dog, Lhasa apso

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“Lhasa apso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lhasa%20apso. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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