Maltese [môl tēz′, môltēs′; ] for adj., also [ môl′tēz΄, môl′tēs΄]
1. of Malta or its people, language, or culture
2. of the medieval Knights of Malta
1. pl. Maltese a person born or living in Malta
2. the Semitic language spoken in Malta, closely related to Arabic, strongly influenced by Italian, and written in the Latin alphabet
3. Maltese
a) any of a breed of toy dog with a coat of long, silky, white hair that hangs nearly to the ground and with a tail that curls over the back
b) any of a variety of shorthaired domestic cat with bluish-gray fur

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