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Dog \Dog\ (d[o^]g), n. [AS. docga; akin to D. dog mastiff, Dan. dogge, Sw. dogg.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A quadruped of the genus Canis, esp. the domestic dog ( Canis familiaris).

    Note: The dog is distinguished above all others of the inferior animals for intelligence, docility, and attachment to man. There are numerous carefully bred varieties, as the akita, beagle, bloodhound, bulldog, coachdog, collie, Danish dog, foxhound, greyhound, mastiff, pointer, poodle, St. Bernard, setter, spaniel, spitz dog, terrier, German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua, etc. There are also many mixed breeds, and partially domesticated varieties, as well as wild dogs, like the dingo and dhole. (See these names in the Vocabulary.)

  2. A mean, worthless fellow; a wretch.

    What is thy servant, which is but a dog, that he should do this great thing? -- 2 Kings viii. 13 (Rev. Ver. )

  3. A fellow; -- used humorously or contemptuously; as, a sly dog; a lazy dog. [Colloq.]

  4. (Astron.) One of the two constellations, Canis Major and Canis Minor, or the Greater Dog and the Lesser Dog. Canis Major contains the Dog Star (Sirius).

  5. An iron for holding wood in a fireplace; a firedog; an andiron.

  6. (Mech.)

    1. A grappling iron, with a claw or claws, for fastening into wood or other heavy articles, for the purpose of raising or moving them.

    2. An iron with fangs fastening a log in a saw pit, or on the carriage of a sawmill.

    3. A piece in machinery acting as a catch or clutch; especially, the carrier of a lathe, also, an adjustable stop to change motion, as in a machine tool.

  7. an ugly or crude person, especially an ugly woman. [slang]

  8. a hot dog. [slang]

    Note: Dog is used adjectively or in composition, commonly in the sense of relating to, or characteristic of, a dog. It is also used to denote a male; as, dog fox or g-fox, a male fox; dog otter or dog-otter, dog wolf, etc.; -- also to denote a thing of cheap or mean quality; as, dog Latin.

    A dead dog, a thing of no use or value.
    --1 Sam. xxiv. 14.

    A dog in the manger, an ugly-natured person who prevents others from enjoying what would be an advantage to them but is none to him.

    Dog ape (Zo["o]l.), a male ape.

    Dog cabbage, or Dog's cabbage (Bot.), a succulent herb, native to the Mediterranean region ( Thelygonum Cynocrambe).

    Dog cheap, very cheap. See under Cheap.

    Dog ear (Arch.), an acroterium. [Colloq.]

    Dog flea (Zo["o]l.), a species of flea ( Pulex canis) which infests dogs and cats, and is often troublesome to man. In America it is the common flea. See Flea, and Aphaniptera.

    Dog grass (Bot.), a grass ( Triticum caninum) of the same genus as wheat.

    Dog Latin, barbarous Latin; as, the dog Latin of pharmacy.

    Dog lichen (Bot.), a kind of lichen ( Peltigera canina) growing on earth, rocks, and tree trunks, -- a lobed expansion, dingy green above and whitish with fuscous veins beneath.

    Dog louse (Zo["o]l.), a louse that infests the dog, esp. H[ae]matopinus piliferus; another species is Trichodectes latus.

    Dog power, a machine operated by the weight of a dog traveling in a drum, or on an endless track, as for churning.

    Dog salmon (Zo["o]l.), a salmon of northwest America and northern Asia; -- the gorbuscha; -- called also holia, and hone.

    Dog shark. (Zo["o]l.) See Dogfish.

    Dog's meat, meat fit only for dogs; refuse; offal.

    Dog Star. See in the Vocabulary.

    Dog wheat (Bot.), Dog grass.

    Dog whelk (Zo["o]l.), any species of univalve shells of the family Nassid[ae], esp. the Nassa reticulata of England.

    To give to the dogs, or To throw to the dogs, to throw away as useless. ``Throw physic to the dogs; I'll none of it.''

    To go to the dogs, to go to ruin; to be ruined.


n. 1 a city in Japan. 2 a prefecture in Japan. 3 a Japanese surname 4 a Japanese breed of dog


is a Japanese name and may refer to:

Akita (surname)

is a Japanese surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Hideyoshi Akita (; born 1974), footballer
  • Masami Akita (; born 1956), musician, also known as Merzbow
  • Masateru Akita (; born 1982), former footballer
  • Akita Sanesue (; 1576–1660), daimyo (feudal ruler)
  • Akita Toshisue (, 1598–1649), son of Sanesue
  • Ujaku Akita (; 1883–1962), pseudonym of Tokuzō Akita , author and Esperantist
  • Yutaka Akita (, born 1970), former football player played in Japan National Football Team
  • Kiyoshi Akita (1881–1944)
Akita (dog)

The is a large breed of dog originating from the mountainous northern regions of Japan. There are two separate varieties of Akita: a Japanese strain, commonly called "Akita ken" in Japan, "Akita Inu" ("inu" means "dog" in Japanese), or "Japanese Akita"; and an American strain, known as the "Akita" or "American Akita". The Japanese strain called the Great Japanese dog comes in a narrow palette of colors, with all other colors considered atypical of the breed, while the American strain known simply as the akita comes in all dog colors. The Akita has a short double- coat similar to that of many other northern spitz breeds such as the Siberian Husky, but long-coated dogs can be found in many litters due to a recessive gene.

The Akita is a powerful, independent and dominant breed, commonly aloof with strangers but affectionate with family members. As a breed, Akitas are generally hardy, but they have been known to suffer from various genetic conditions and be sensitive to certain drugs.

In most countries, the American strain of Akita is now considered a separate breed. In the United States and Canada, however, the two strains are considered a single breed with differences in type. For a while, the American strain of Akita was known in some countries as the "Great Japanese Dog". Both forms of Akita are probably best known worldwide from the true story of Hachikō, a loyal Akita who lived in Japan before World War II.

Usage examples of "akita".

Happily there was not much of this exhausting work, for, just as higher and darker ranges, densely wooded with cryptomeria, began to close us in, we emerged upon a fine new road, broad enough for a carriage, which, after crossing two ravines on fine bridges, plunges into the depths of a magnificent forest, and then by a long series of fine zigzags of easy gradients ascends the pass of Yadate, on the top of which, in a deep sandstone cutting, is a handsome obelisk marking the boundary between Akita and Aomori ken.

With a well-trained Akita at your side, you could walk coolly through Hell.

Loki stood beside him, but Jake indicated to the dog that he was to stay, and the Akita complied.

He took some comfort in the fact that Sam or Katelynn would care for the Akita as if he were their own, and that got him focused again on the problem at hand.

I passed three joggers and, twice, couples walking dogs, once a man and woman with an Akita, and once two men with a black Lab.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR ROBERT CRAIS was born in Louisiana but now lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his family and an Akita guard dog.

That pork cutlet ya ate for supper, ya know that money came from a farmer in Akita, the thousand yen he gave me with his hand all black, ya know that?

In addition there are some ten odd publishing firms which come in at a close second, including Akita Shoten, Futabasha, Shonen Gahosha, Hakusensha, Nihon Bungeisha, and Kobunsha.

Louisiana but now lives in the Santa Monica mountains with his family and an Akita guard dog.

Stout was in shock, feeling cold and numb and distant, and scarcely reacted at all, when the dog spoke to him, a big Akita, the jade-colored parakeet perched on its shoulder nodding in agreement.

Kubota is a very attractive and purely Japanese town of 36,000 people, the capital of Akita ken.

About fifty important operations are annually performed under chloroform, but the people of Akita ken are very conservative, and object to part with their limbs and to foreign drugs.

Bared teeth glistened in a face that looked like a cross between an Akita and a grizzly bear.

I once kept an Akita for a friend, though, and that dog seemed pretty smart.

She realized Hana and Ai were staring in the same way at Akita, with opaque, unreadable eyes.