Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of gray or black draft horse originally used in France for drawing artillery and heavy coaches but now bred in other countries for general purposes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a breed of draught horses originating in Perche, a former district of France.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a breed of draught horses originating in Perche, an old district of France; -- called also Percheron-Norman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Noting a horse of a breed brought to perfection in Perche, a region of northern France, south of Normandy.
  • n. A horse of the Percheron breed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of a breed of grey or black draft horses originally used in France to draw heavy coaches or artillery

Etymologies

French, from Perche, a historical region of northwest France.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the same way he looked on when Jerry fought fearful comic battles with Norman Chief, the great Percheron stallion.

    CHAPTER XXXV

  • Men in black pants and suspenders with white shirts guide plows through the earth by the power of four dark grey Percheron horses.

    Mark Cassello: Can America Return to an Indigenous Economy?

  • His son, in his early twenties, had a colt in the crossties, a Percheron, well-built and fit with a black hide that shone like a pair of new boots.

    The Dirty Life

  • Eos Blog has Fiona McIntosh talking about creating fantasy worlds, specifically for her latest book Odalisque, the first book in The Percheron Saga.

    SF Tidbits for 4/3/08

  • Captured by slave traders in the inhospitable desert, Lazar fought his way to freedom, earning the coveted position of Spur of Percheron.

    September 2008

  • "Snotty young otter told us we'd find you here, " the other Percheron declared gruffly.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • They bring out the calandrias and the Percheron horses, which are only used in parades, never in charreadas.

    Dia del Charro 2007

  • FM: Well, my third series has a working title of Percheron and this will have a far more exotic setting than my previous two which I don't doubt will be a challenge.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • Percheron has come out the strongest but there's another idea at the back of my mind and all I see is a single scene of a man in a dungeon.

    Fiona McIntosh Interview

  • This Percheron family was important in the early history of Quebec, more so than suggested by its historiography.

    Champlain's Dream

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