fox terrier


Definition of fox terrier

: a small, lively terrier of either of two breeds that was formerly used to dig out foxes, that weighs about 16 to 18 pounds (7.3 to 8.2 kilograms), and that has a flat moderately narrow skull, a long muzzle, small V-shaped ears which droop forward, straight forelegs, and muscular hindquarters:

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Examples of fox terrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wire fox terrier breed dogs have won the most Best in Show awards – 15 as of 2021. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 14 June 2021 In 1920, a year after the Kehoes moved to Bath, he was asked by a neighbor (who drove Nellie to church every Sunday) if Kehoe had seen her missing fox terrier. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2021 The golden retriever pit bull mix belong to Zachary, and the smaller fox terrier mix belongs to his brother., 13 May 2018 The golden retriever pit bull mix belong to Zachary, and the smaller fox terrier mix belongs to his brother., 13 May 2018 In 1931, the New York Times ran an obituary for Igloo, a white and black fox terrier that accompanied Adm. Richard Byrd to the North Pole. Clare Ansberry, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of fox terrier

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Fox terrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fox terrier

: a type of small and lively dog

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