from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a breed of large strong dog developed in Switzerland, having a thick brown and white coat, originally used by monks of the hospice of Saint Bernard in the Swiss Alps to help patrol the snow-covered region.
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- n. One of a breed of large dog, famous for rescuing people on mountains.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a breed of large, handsome dogs celebrated for strength and sagacity, formerly bred chiefly at the Hospice of St. Bernard in Switzerland, but now common in Europe and America. There are two races, the smooth-haired and the rough-haired. See Illust. under Dog.
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- n. a Swiss alpine breed of large powerful dog with a thick coat of hair used as a rescue dog
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A tall, thickset German, gray-suited, bespectacled, bald as a bomb, the noted chemist might have appeared the epitome of the cold, clear-eyed, methodical, reasoning man were he not panting like a Saint Bernard on avalanche patrol.
And it was near Troyes that the mighty voices of Abelard and Saint Bernard resounded.