whippet

[ whip-it, wip- ]
/ ˈwhɪp ɪt, ˈwɪp- /

noun

one of a breed of small, swift dogs resembling a greyhound, used for hunting rabbits and for racing.
Also called whippet tank. a fast, light tank used by the British in World War I.

Origin of whippet

First recorded in 1490–1500; perhaps alteration of phrase whip it move briskly
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whippet
/ (ˈwɪpɪt) /

noun

a small slender breed of dog similar to a greyhound in appearance

Word Origin for whippet

C16: of uncertain origin; perhaps based on the phrase whip it! move quickly!
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