a.1.(Zool.) Having erect, pointed ears; - said of certain dogs.
Thou prick-eared cur of Iceland.
- Shak.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Chichely was inclined to call him prick-eared; especially when, in the drawing-room, he seemed to be making himself eminently agreeable to Rosamond, whom he had easily monopolized in a tete-a-tete, since Mrs.
"It is much easier to tell with the prick-eared breeds if their ears are forward or back or flattened, whereas if they have floppy ears like many of the hounds, you just have to see that they pull them back so the ears have moved, but they are not as obvious."
For a prick-eared dog, the ears are still up and forward, but not hard forward, and may even swivel to the side.
The exhibits, nevertheless, are arresting and beguiling: prick-eared dogs and hares capping off the human figures in ritualized bi-symmetrical Egyptian poses.