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Terrier


TER'RIER, noun A dog or little hound, that creeps into the ground after animals that burrow.

1. A lodge or hole where certain animals, as foxes, rabbits, badgers and the like, secure themselves.

2. Originally, a collection of acknowledgments of the vassals or tenants of a lordship, containing the rents and services they owed to the lord, etc.; at present, a book or roll in which the lands of private persons or corporations are described by their site, boundaries, number of acres, etc.

3. A wimble, auger or borer. [Latin tero.]