One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stray mongrel, especially in Asia.
cross-breed, cross, mixed breed, half-breed, hybridView synonyms
- ‘The Bombay Airport is relatively modern inside, but out on the tarmac pi-dogs chase each other.’
- ‘Neatly dressed local passengers cover their noses with scented kerchiefs as though they were in the company of a pye-dog.’
- ‘Bobbing bunches of small boys run around like packs of pie dogs, yapping at everyone, teasing, pushing and screaming.’
Mid 19th century: from Anglo-Indian pye, Hindi pāhī ‘outsider’ + dog.
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