Lhasa apso


noun, plural Lhasa ap·sos.

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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British Dictionary definitions for lhasa apso

Lhasa apso

noun plural Lhasa apsos

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

Word Origin for Lhasa apso

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Word Origin and History for lhasa apso

Lhasa apso

type of dog, 1935, from Tibetan, literally "Lhasa terrier," from Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

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