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terrier

ter·ri·er

terrier

pronunciation:
te ri r
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part of speech: noun
definition: a small energetic dog originally bred to drive animals from their holes or burrows.
 
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Terrier comes from early French words that together mean "dog of the earth." Terrier dogs were given this name because their prey lives in holes under the ground.
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The word terrier contains the following part:
terr, terra Latin root that means earth, land
synonyms:
geo