terrier

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French (Middle French) chien terrier "terrier dog", or literally "earth dog," from chien 'dog' + terrier (itself ultimately from Latin terra 'earth').

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Noun[edit]

terrier (plural terriers)

  1. A dog from a group of small, lively breeds, originally bred for the hunting of burrowing prey such as rats, rabbits, foxes, and even otters; this original function is reflected in some of their names (e.g. rat terrier).
  2. (law, historical) A collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, etc.
  3. (law) A book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, etc.; a terrar.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Latin terere (to rub, to rub away), terebra (a borer).

Noun[edit]

terrier (plural terriers)

  1. An auger or borer.

References[edit]

  • terrier” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin terrarius "of earth," from Latin terra "earth". Most terrier breeds were developed to hunt vermin both over and under the ground.

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  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

terrier m (feminine terrière, masculine plural terriers, feminine plural terrières)

  1. (archaic) relating to the ground, earth or land
  2. enumerating seignorial rights, notably in livre terrier (a register of land)

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Noun[edit]

terrier m (plural terriers)

  1. hole
  2. (fox's) earth; (rabbit) hole or burrow; (badger's) sett
  3. terrier (dog)
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References[edit]

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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English

Noun[edit]

terrier m (invariable)

  1. terrier (dog)

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