- one of a breed of small terriers having a long, heavy coat, raised in Tibet as watchdogs.
Origin of Lhasa apso
1930–35; apso < Tibetan, written ab sog
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- a small dog of a Tibetan breed having a long straight dense coat, often gold or greyish, and a well-feathered tail carried curled over its back
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Word Origin and History for lhasa apso
type of dog, 1935, from Tibetan, literally "Lhasa terrier," from Lhasa, capital of Tibet.
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