Definition of blue heeler in English:

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blue heeler

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun

Australian /NZ
A cattle dog with a dark speckled body.
Example sentences
  • She had always maintained her attacker's dog was a blue heeler, with brown and white colouring, that didn't bark or approach her when she was forced into the man's four wheel drive.
  • Like a faithful blue heeler, who waits patiently for his surfer-master in the front seat of the panel van, the car remains an attribute of Aussie masculinity.
  • A few days earlier a blue heeler from a house across the road was also targeted and barely survived the incident.

Origin

Early 20th century: from blue, denoting the characteristic blue (or red) flecked coat of the breed, and heeler.

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