1400-50; < Middle French, short for chien terrier literally, dog of the earth (< Medieval Latinterrārius; see terra, -ier2); so called because used to start badgers from their burrows; replacing late Middle Englishterrere < Anglo-French (see -er2)
[ter-ee-er] /ˈtɛr i ər/
a book or document in which are described the site, boundaries, acreage, tenants, etc., of certain lands.
1470-80; < Middle French, short for registre terrier register of land (< Medieval Latinterrārius; see terra, -ier2); replacing earlier terrere < Anglo-French (see -er2
[ter-ee] /ˈtɛr i/
noun, plural terries.
the loop formed by the pile of a fabric when left uncut.
Also called terry cloth. a pile fabric, usually of cotton, with loops on both sides, as in a Turkish towel.
c.1440, from O.Fr. chien terrier "terrier dog," lit. "earth dog," from M.L. terrarius "of earth," from L. terra "earth" (see terrain). So called because the dogs pursue their quarry (foxes, badgers, etc.) into their burrows.
"loop raised in pile-weaving, left uncut," 1784, possibly an alteration of Fr. tiré "drawn," from pp. of tirer "draw out" (cf. cognate Ger. gezogener Sammet "drawn velvet").