Definitions

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

  • n. A stray dog.

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

  • n. ownerless half-wild mongrel dog common around Asian villages especially India

Etymologies

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

Perhaps Hindi pāhī, outsider.

Examples

  • Selection – in the form of artificial selection by human breeders – can turn a pye-dog into a Pekinese, or a wild cabbage into a cauliflower, in a few centuries.

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  • If we imagine the sheer quantity of difference that separates a pye-dog from a peke, which took only a few centuries of evolution, how much longer is the time that separates us from the beginning of evolution or, say, from the beginning of the mammals?

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  • Hold in your head an approximate picture of the quantity of difference between a peke and a pye-dog.

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