Maltese

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noun Mal·tese \ mȯl-ˈtēz , -ˈtēs \

Definition of Maltese

plural Maltese
1 :a native or inhabitant of Malta
2 :the Semitic language of the Maltese people
3 :any of a breed of toy dogs with a long silky white coat, a black nose, and very dark eyes

Maltese

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First Known Use of maltese

1615


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