Meaning of TERRIER in English

TERRIER

[ter.ri.er] n [ME, fr. MF (chien) terrier, lit., earth dog, fr. terrier of earth, fr. ML terrarius, fr. L terra] (15c): any of various usu. small dogs orig. used by hunters to dig for small furred game and engage the quarry underground or drive it out

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