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Topic: PETS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from petty 'small'

pet

1 noun
     
pet1
1 [countable]DHP an animal such as a cat or a dog which you keep and care for at home:
Rabbits can make very good pets.
pet dog/cat/bird etc
He was bitten by his pet dog.
pet food
a pet shop
teacher's pet
2 British English spoken used when speaking to someone you like or love:
Don't cry, pet.
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