dog's letter

variants: less commonly

dog letter

Definition of dog's letter

  1. :  the letter r

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Origin and Etymology of dog's letter

translation of Latin littera canina; from the fancied resemblance of the trilled r to the growl of a dog

First Known Use: circa 1552

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capable of being understood in two ways

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