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Percheron

[pur-chuh-ron, -shuh-]
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noun
  1. one of a French breed of draft horses, having a gray or black coat.
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Origin of Percheron

1870–75; < French; named after Perche, French district where first bred
Also called Percheron Norman.
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Historical Examples

  • The Percheron had been grained too heavily and had not been given sufficient exercise.

    Plowing On Sunday

    Sterling North

  • As we have said before, the Percheron breed of horses came from France.

  • Of the heavy-flanked Percheron breed of horse are the ladies on the canvases of Cézanne.

    Unicorns

    James Huneker

  • Sid romped home like a Percheron colt and Bacon got to first.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • The Finn woman is thick everywhere, broad of girth and deep of chest like a Percheron stallion.

    I, Mary MacLane

    Mary MacLane


British Dictionary definitions for percheron

Percheron

noun
  1. a compact heavy breed of carthorse, grey or black in colour
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from le Perche, region of NW France where the breed originated
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Word Origin and History for percheron

Percheron

n.

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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