sheep·dog | \ˈshēp-ˌdȯg \

Definition of sheepdog 

: a dog (such as a border collie) used to tend, drive, or guard sheep

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The bill was introduced by dog lovers Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, and Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, who has two sheepdogs named Wilby and Elwood. Jessie Balmert,, "Grab a beer with man's best friend: Ohio expected to allow dogs on patios," 27 June 2018 But all the while, Max Rose, a 31-year-old Army veteran and health care executive, was waiting in the wings — if waiting can mean corralling votes with the tenacity of a sheepdog, out-raising and out-canvassing his five Democratic challengers. Lisa W. Foderaro, New York Times, "With G.O.P. Primary on Staten Island Over, Enter the Democrat," 29 June 2018 Highlights include Highland dancing, bagpiping and drumming competitions, sheepdog trials, live music and other Scottish-themed festivities. Linda Mcintosh,, "Women's club serves up beer, wine at Fair events," 21 June 2018 The soundscape comes from a sheep herder’s whistle and calls to three sheepdogs, many baaas, and much munching of grass, and traffic noises that invade the bucolic setting. Ellen Dunkel,, "'Doggie Hamlet': A baaa-llet where sheep are the stars," 4 June 2018 The sloth, about the size of a large sheepdog, hung upside down and stared at me with an expression of ineffable sadness on its furry face. New York Times, "Don’t Try to Catch a Komodo Dragon — Unless You’re David Attenborough," 29 May 2018 Was Cliven Bundy just a toothless old sheepdog protecting his herd? Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 Her husband returned home about 6 p.m., then drove Violet and the family’s sheepdog, Oscar, to Lemon Hill to play Frisbee. Julie Shaw,, "Slain Spring Garden activist Gerard Grandzol's widow: City not safe, we're leaving," 22 Mar. 2018 On a recent sunny day after work, the 38-year-old walked his English sheepdog, named Magnificent, along Baker Street, keeping an eye out for crooks. San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco’s auto burglary hot spots," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sheepdog

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheepdog was circa 1774

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English Language Learners Definition of sheepdog

: a dog that is trained to control sheep

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