dog-eared

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From dog + ear + -ed, due to the similarity of appearance to the ears of certain dogs.

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dog-eared (comparative more dog-eared, superlative most dog-eared)

  1. (of a page in a book) Bent or slightly ragged in appearance, especially due to having been read many times.
    The pages in his favorite book were dog-eared from years of reading it at bedtime.
  2. (of a page in a book) Having the corner folded over, as a sort of bookmark.
    By thumbing to the dog-eared pages, she quickly found the items in the catalog she wanted to order.

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