Shepherd dog
Shepherd Shep"herd, n. [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS. sce['a]phyrde; sce['a]p sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See {Sheep}, and {Herd}.] 1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large. [1913 Webster]

2. The pastor of a church; one with the religious guidance of others. [1913 Webster]

{Shepherd bird} (Zo["o]l.), the crested screamer. See {Screamer}.

{Shepherd dog} (Zo["o]l.), a breed of dogs used largely for the herding and care of sheep. There are several kinds, as the collie, or Scotch shepherd dog, and the English shepherd dog. Called also {shepherd's dog}.

{Shepherd dog}, a name of Pan. --Keats.

{Shepherd kings}, the chiefs of a nomadic people who invaded Egypt from the East in the traditional period, and conquered it, at least in part. They were expelled after about five hundred years, and attempts have been made to connect their expulsion with narrative in the book of Exodus.

{Shepherd's club} (Bot.), the common mullein. See {Mullein}.

{Shepherd's crook}, a long staff having the end curved so as to form a large hook, -- used by shepherds.

{Shepherd's needle} (Bot.), the lady's comb.

{Shepherd's plaid}, a kind of woolen cloth of a checkered black and white pattern.

{Shephered spider} (Zo["o]l.), a daddy longlegs, or harvestman.

{Shepherd's pouch}, or {Shepherd's purse} (Bot.), an annual cruciferous plant ({Capsella Bursapastoris}) bearing small white flowers and pouchlike pods. See Illust. of {Silicle}.

{Shepherd's rod}, or {Shepherd's staff} (Bot.), the small teasel. [1913 Webster]


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  • Shepherd dog — Shepherd Shep herd, n. [OE. schepherde, schephirde, AS. sce[ a]phyrde; sce[ a]p sheep + hyrde, hirde, heorde, a herd, a guardian. See {Sheep}, and {Herd}.] 1. A man employed in tending, feeding, and guarding sheep, esp. a flock grazing at large.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shepherd dog — noun any of various usually long haired breeds of dog reared to herd and guard sheep • Syn: ↑sheepdog, ↑sheep dog • Hypernyms: ↑working dog • Hyponyms: ↑Belgian sheepdog, ↑Belgian shepherd, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • shepherd dog — dog whose job it is to assemble the herd; any of several types of dogs that are used as guard dogs (e.g. German Shepherd dogs) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shepherd dog — /ˈʃɛpəd dɒg/ (say shepuhd dog) noun → sheepdog …   Australian English dictionary

  • shepherd dog — noun Date: 15th century sheepdog …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • shepherd dog. — See sheepdog. [1400 50; late ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • shepherd dog — noun A sheepdog …   Wiktionary

  • shepherd dog — noun a sheepdog …   English new terms dictionary

  • shepherd dog —    Īlio hipa, īlio kia i hipa …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • shepherd dog. — See sheepdog. [1400 50; late ME] …   Useful english dictionary

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