Cairn-terrier definition

A small dog of a breed developed in Scotland, having a broad head and a rough shaggy coat.
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A small, shaggy Scottish terrier.
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One of the oldest terrier breeds, originating in the Scottish Highlands.
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Noun

Singular:
cairn-terrier
Plural:
cairn-terriers

Origin of cairn-terrier

  • So called because it hunts among cairns

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition