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or wire-haired

[wahyuh r-haird] /ˈwaɪərˌhɛərd/
having coarse, stiff, wirelike hair.
Origin of wirehaired
First recorded in 1795-1805; wire + haired Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In a litter of prick-eared, wire-haired puppies Bobby was a "sport."

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • There was a wire-haired and almond eyed Korean, named Cho, a "rope-rider" in Hal's part of the mine.

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • He appears to be of the Newfoundland breed, of a common size, wire-haired, and extremely lean.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Chouse was the wire-haired terrier, and he had always been Greta's special pet.

    Little Greta of Denmark Bernadine Bailey
  • There she lived, like an Amphitrite's wire-haired terrier tied up, till Alessandro went a-fishing.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • A soft coat very detrimental, as in the wire-haired and Scottish Terriers.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton
  • The farmers are wisely rooting out the wire-haired, big-tailed cape sheep, and substituting those which have wool on their backs.

  • The wire-haired fox terrier is really just like the smooth, but he looks quite different because of his stiff, wiry coat.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • The Welsh terrier is related to the wire-haired fox, though he looks more like a small Airedale, being black and tan.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • It was during one of the periods of laxity that a wire-haired terrier appeared from no one knew where.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for wire-haired


(of an animal) having a rough wiry coat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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