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Meaning of MASTIFF

Pronunciation:  'mastif

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog
 

MASTIFF is a 7 letter word that starts with M.

 

 See Also: Tibetan mastiff, working dog

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Mas"tiff\, n.; pl. {Mastiffs}. [{Mastives} is irregular
and unusual.] [Prob. fr. Prov. E. masty, adj., large, n., a
great dog, prob. fr. mast fruit, and hence, lit., fattened
with mast. There is perh. confusion with OF. mestif mongrel;
cf. also F. m[^a]tin mastiff, OF. mastin.] (Zo["o]l.)
A breed of large dogs noted for strength and courage. There
are various strains, differing in form and color, and
characteristic of different countries.

{Mastiff bat} (Zo["o]l.), any bat of the genus {Molossus}; so
   called because the face somewhat resembles that of a
   mastiff.

 

 

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