Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having coarse, stiff hair: as, a wire-haired fox-terrier.
- adj. Having coarse, stiff hair.
- adj. (especially of dogs) having stiff wiry hair
“He felt his way in the darkness to the door of the outhouse, unlatched it, and entered softly, feeling with his hands for the wire-haired coat.”
“Best in Hound Group finalists: It looks like we have the beagle, the long-haired dachshund and wire-haired, the Norwegian elkhound, the Rhodesian ridgeback, and the whippet...”
“Now the wire-haired dachshund has a fantastic beard.”
“I tried that "all-around" garbage once with a German wire-haired pointer.”
“She had numerous electrodes snaking from her head, giving her the appearance of a wire-haired Medusa.”
“Bully was a wire-haired terrier mix, and he was quite simply incorrigible.”
“What looks like an airedale is a wire-haired fox terrier similar to but smaller than an airedale.”
“David brought along his wire-haired terrier, Dexter; Audrey brought along only her exquisite taste.”
“Have you ever heard of an intrepid wire-haired terrier?”
“Then she married and took in a German wire-haired pointer.”
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