[ pool-ee, pyoo-lee ]
/ ˈpʊl i, ˈpyu li /
noun, plural pu·lik [pool-eek, pyoo-leek], /ˈpʊl ik, ˈpyu lik/, pu·lis.
one of a Hungarian breed of medium-sized sheepdogs having long, fine hair that often mats, giving the coat a corded appearance.
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Origin of puli
1935–40; <Hungarian, alteration of pudli poodle, shortening of earlier pudlikutya, translation of German Pudelhund;see poodle
Words nearby puli
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Example sentences from the Web for puli
For a tremendous boutique option, consider The PuLi, just at the beginning of the French Concession.
British Dictionary definitions for puli
/ (ˈpjuːlɪ, ˈpʊlɪ) /
a breed of Hungarian sheepdog having a very long dense coat, usually black, that hangs in strands with a ropey or corded appearance
Word Origin for puli
Hungarian, literally: leader
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