Lhasa apso


plural Lhasa apsos
often capitalized A
: 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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Examples of Lhasa apso in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And how did pugs and poodles, Lhasa apsos and Labradors come to be? Rosie Mestel, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Yet Bailey lived in a compound surrounded by animals and, with his wife, introduced the Lhasa apso terrier into Britain. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Lhasa apso was in 1935

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“Lhasa apso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lhasa%20apso. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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