cairn terrier

noun

Definition of cairn terrier 

: any of a breed of small compactly built hard-coated terriers of Scottish origin

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Charlie, an 18-month-old Yorkie-cairn terrier mix, was one of many first-timers at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on Monday night. New York Times, "Aisles of Dogs," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cairn terrier

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cairn terrier

from its use in hunting among cairns

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