shih tzu

noun (1), often capitalized S&T
\ ˈshēd-ˈzü How to pronounce shih tzu (audio) , ˈshēt-ˈsü\
plural shih tzu also shih tzus

Definition of shih tzu

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: any of an old Chinese breed of toy dogs that have a square short unwrinkled muzzle, short muscular legs, and a long dense flowing coat

Hu Shih

biographical name (1)
\ ˈhü-ˈshir How to pronounce Hu Shih (audio) \

Definition of Hu Shih (Entry 2 of 4)

1891–1962 Chinese philosopher

Yüan Shih-k'ai

biographical name (2)
\ yu̇-ˈän-ˈshir-ˈkī How to pronounce Yüan Shih-k'ai (audio) , -ˈshē-\

Definition of Yüan Shih-k'ai (Entry 3 of 4)

1859–1916 Chinese soldier and statesman; president of China (1913–16)

fang shih

noun (2)
\ ˈfäŋˈshē\
plural fang shih

Definition of fang shih (Entry 4 of 4)

: a priest-magician flourishing in China 249 B.C.–A.D. 220 whose office was to provide divinational and magical formulas to those seeking immortality and supernatural powers

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Someone doused a 2-year-old shih tzu dog with harmful chemicals and left him for dead in the St. Charles Parish community of St. Rose, according to a news release from PETA. Littice Bacon-blood,, "Dog doused with harmful chemicals, PETA offers $5K reward," 21 Mar. 2018 Tuxedo Tuxedo is an eight-year-old shih tzu mix who lives with Jake Levy. Vogue, "Meet 7 Four-Legged Models Who Ruled the Fall Catwalks," 10 Apr. 2018 Schumann currently has one therapy dog — Paisley, a shih tzu bichon mix — in the program. Cathy Janek, Aurora Beacon-News, "Fox Valley club puts dogs to work providing comfort at nursing homes, hospitals," 19 Jan. 2018 Miriam Humphries, 66, and her shih tzu mix, Cassie, flew from Birmingham, Ala., in late December to spend 2 1/2 weeks with Humphries’ brother Roy Bishop and his family in Folsom. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "She flew home heartbroken over her missing dog. Days later, he was found in Folsom," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of shih tzu

Noun (1)

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shih tzu

Noun (1)

Chinese (Beijing) shīzi (gǒu), from shīzi lion + gǒu dog

Noun (2)

Chinese fang1 shih4, from fang1 prescription, formula + shih4 scholar, teacher

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