Maltese

/mawl teez", -tees"/, adj., n., pl. Maltese.
adj.
1. of or pertaining to Malta, its people, or their language.
n.
2. a native or inhabitant of Malta.
3. the Arabic dialect spoken in Malta, using many Italian words.
[1605-15; MALT(A) + -ESE]

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Breed of toy dog named for the island of Malta, where it may have originated about 2,800 years ago.

Delicate-looking but vigorous, affectionate, and lively, it was once the valued pet of the wealthy and aristocratic. It has a long, silky, pure-white coat, hanging ears, a compact body, and a plumed tail that curves over its back. It stands about 5 in. (13 cm) and weighs up to 7 lbs (3 kg).

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▪ breed of dog
 breed of toy dog named for the island of Malta, where it may have originated about 2,800 years ago. Delicate in appearance but usually vigorous, healthy, affectionate, and lively, the Maltese was once the valued pet of the wealthy and aristocratic. It has a long, silky, pure-white coat, hanging ears, a compact body, and a plumed tail that curves over its back. It stands about 5 inches (13 cm) and weighs up to 7 pounds (3 kg).

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