from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having erect, pointed ears; -- said of certain dogs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having pointed ears.


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  • So we got a little gray prick-eared Cairn terrier and named him Feldspar.

    Born to Bark

  • The prick-eared Tamworth is active and suited to outdoor systems, being used in woodland and scrub reclamation projects, where its colour protects it from sunburn.

    Archive 2007-06-17

  • Little is recorded of the breed's development but Victorian writers such as William Youatt in 'The Pig' and HD Richardson in 'The Pig - Its Origins and Varieties' seem to conclude that it was derived from crossing the original Gloucestershire pig - a large, off-white variety with wattles hanging from its neck, with the unimproved Berkshire, a sandy-coloured prick-eared pig with spots.

    Archive 2007-07-15

  • This ungraceful fashion was universal at the time, and partly led to the nicknames of roundheads, prick-eared curs, and so forth, which the insolence of the cavaliers liberally bestowed on their political enemies.

    A Legend of Montrose

  • Without any heed of the cares that are coming, or the prick-eared fears of the elders, a fine lot of young bunnies with tails on the frisk scour everywhere over the warren.


  • All sat down in a semi-circle before us, six or seven deep in front and four or five at the sides: the women and children took their places in the rear, and one of them fondled a prick-eared cur with an attempt at a ribbon round its neck.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Forteune set out at once, carrying my gun, Selim followed me, and the rear was brought up by a couple of little prick-eared curs with a dash of the pointer, probably from St. Helena: the people will pay as much as ten dollars for a good dog.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Long-snouted and prick-eared like a dog, anyway, but a terrible dog, staring arrogantly, with more than a dog's knowing, into distances beyond human sight, beyond human knowing.

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

  • Ears pulled slightly back to give the impression of a slightly splayed or sideward spread of the ears: To me, the heads of prick-eared dogs have always seemed to be describable as a sort of a V-shape in which the top of the V is the ears and the bottom point of the V is the muzzle.

    How to Speak Dog

  • Changes in ear shape are more easily seen and at longer distance, making communication more positive and less ambiguous in prick-eared dogs.

    How to Speak Dog


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