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retriever

[ ri-tree-ver ]
/ rɪˈtri vər /
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noun
a person or thing that retrieves.
one of any of several breeds of dogs having a coarse, thick, oily coat, trained to retrieve game.
any dog trained to retrieve game.

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Origin of retriever

First recorded in 1480–90; retrieve + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for retriever

retriever
/ (rɪˈtriːvə) /

noun
one of a breed of large gun dogs that can be trained to retrieve gameSee golden retriever, Labrador retriever, Chesapeake Bay retriever, curly-coated retriever, flat-coated retriever
any dog used to retrieve shot game
a person or thing that retrieves
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