dog's letter

noun

variants or less commonly dog letter
: the letter r

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dog's letter was circa 1552

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“Dog's letter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%27s%20letter. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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