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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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  • 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
  • In a litter of prick-eared, wire-haired puppies Bobby was a "sport."

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • 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
  • He appears to be of the Newfoundland breed, of a common size, wire-haired, and extremely lean.

    Ten Thousand Wonderful Things Edmund Fillingham King
  • Everybody looked at the wire-haired man, as if saying: "Yes, you've gone a bit too far there!"

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • Chouse was the wire-haired terrier, and he had always been Greta's special pet.

    Little Greta of Denmark Bernadine Bailey
  • A soft coat very detrimental, as in the wire-haired and Scottish Terriers.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • There she lived, like an Amphitrite's wire-haired terrier tied up, till Alessandro went a-fishing.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • 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
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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