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Maltese cat

noun
1.
a bluish-gray variety of the domestic cat.
Origin of Maltese cat
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • The Maltese cat had put his nose into the front of Lutyens' shirt and was trying to say how sorry he was.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • "Yes, take Muffin," said Grandma Bell, for the Maltese cat liked to be with the children as much as they liked to have her.

  • They were playing the last ounce in them, and The Maltese cat had left the goal undefended to join them.

    The Day's Work, Volume 1 Rudyard Kipling
  • I have got a Maltese cat and four beautiful kittens, and should like to send the gentleman one of the kittens if he wants one.

  • At the feet of the sexton's wife, for such she was, reposed a Maltese cat, purring softly by way of showing her contentment.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger

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