Lhasa apso

noun

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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Word History

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Lhasa apso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Lhasa%20apso. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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