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terrier
1. Any of several usually small short-bodied breeds of dogs originally trained to hunt animals living underground.
2. About 1440, from Old French chien terrier "terrier dog", literally, "earth dog," from Middle Latin terrarius "of earth," from Latin terra "earth". So called because the dogs pursued their quarry (foxes, badgers, etc.) into their burrows.
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