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[ pur-chuh-ron, -shuh- ]
/ ˈpɜr tʃəˌrɒn, -ʃə- /


one of a French breed of draft horses, having a gray or black coat.

Origin of Percheron

1870–75; < French; named after Perche, French district where first bred
Also called Percheron Norman. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for percheron


/ (ˈpɜːʃəˌrɒn) /


a compact heavy breed of carthorse, grey or black in colour

Word Origin for Percheron

C19: from French, from le Perche, region of NW France where the breed originated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for percheron



1875, from French Percheron, adjective formed from le Perche, region south of Normandy where horses were bred that were strong, light, and fast.

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