One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A coastal region of eastern Canada, which forms the mainland part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
A retriever of a breed that most typically has a black or yellow coat, widely used as a gun dog or as a guide for a blind person.
- ‘The picture shows a number of Labrador Retrievers with their handlers, at the Labrador Retriever Club's Twenty-fifth Field Trials.’
- ‘Our Labradors are not only beautiful show dogs, but are also take part in other activities such as therapy work.’
- ‘The early Labrador dog did not originate in Labrador Canada, but descended from former dogs of Newfoundland, left there years before, by European fishermen and settlers.’
- ‘The Labrador is bred primarily as a working gun dog; structure and soundness are of great importance.’
- ‘The Labrador dog has much the same respect for man.’
- ‘Now veterinary scientists at the University of Liverpool hope to offer new insight into the disease by conducting research using Labrador dogs with a view to developing new treatments.’
- ‘The research team is looking for adult Labrador dogs less than two years old that are showing early signs of elbow osteoarthritis.’
Early 20th century: named after the Labrador Peninsula, where the breed was developed. The name Labrador dog had been applied in the 19th century to a much larger breed, similar to the Newfoundland.
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