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whip·pet / ˈ(h)wipit/ • n. a dog of a small slender breed originally produced as a cross between the greyhound and the terrier or spaniel, bred for racing. ORIGIN: early 17th cent.: partly from obsolete whippet ‘move briskly.’

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whippet Sporting dog that was originally bred in England for racing and hare coursing. It is capable of running at speeds of 56.5km/h (35mph). It resembles a small greyhound. Height: to 56cm (22in) at the shoulder; weight: to 11kg (24lb).

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whippet †lively young woman XVI; small breed of dog XVII. prob. f. †whippet vb. move briskly (XVI), i.e. whip it.