Mastiff Mas"tiff, n.; pl. {Mastiffs}. [{Mastives} is irregular and unusual.] [Prob. fr. Prov. E. masty, adj., large, n., a great dog, prob. fr. mast fruit, and hence, lit., fattened with mast. There is perh. confusion with OF. mestif mongrel; cf. also F. m[^a]tin mastiff, OF. mastin.] (Zo["o]l.) A breed of large dogs noted for strength and courage. There are various strains, differing in form and color, and characteristic of different countries. [1913 Webster]

{Mastiff bat} (Zo["o]l.), any bat of the genus {Molossus}; so called because the face somewhat resembles that of a mastiff. [1913 Webster]

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