Word origin :1300–50; Middle English mastif, perhaps extracted from Anglo-French masti ( n ) s (taken as *mastifs ), plural of Old French mastin < Vulgar Latin ( canis ) *ma ( n ) su?t?nus, derivative of Latinmansu?tus tame, mild

1. Any of a breed of large, powerful dog with hanging lips and drooping ears and having a short, thick, often fawn-colored coat, dark 2. on the muzzle, nose, and ears: formerly used for hunting, now often a watchdog and guard dog
An old breed of large powerful short-haired dog, usually fawn or brindle with a dark mask

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