from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A breed of small dogs of European origin, having wiry, shaggy hair and a tufted muzzle.
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- n. European breed of small dog resembling a terrier with dark wiry hair and a tufted muzzle
German : Affe, ape (from Middle High German, from Old High German affo) + Pinscher, a type of dog with ears operated on or "pinched” to make them stand up (from English pinch).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)