schnauzer

schnauzer

[shnou-zer; German shnou-tsuhr]
noun
one of a German breed of sturdy medium-sized dogs having a tight, wiry, pepper-and-salt or pure black coat, bristly eyebrows and beardlike whiskers, and a docked tail, used originally as a ratter and a guard dog and later used in police work.
Also called standard schnauzer.


Origin:
1920–25; < German, equivalent to Schnauze snout + -er -er1

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schnauzer (ˈʃnaʊtsə)
 
n
a wire-haired breed of dog of the terrier type, originally from Germany, having a greyish coat and distinctive beard, moustache, and eyebrows
 
[C19: from German Schnauzesnout]

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schnauzer
breed of terrier, 1923, from Ger. Schnauzer, lit. "growler," from schnauzen "to snarl, growl," from Schnauze "snout, muzzle," which is related to M.E. snute, snoute "snout" (see snout).
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