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 for penny dog
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Penny \Pen*ny\, n.; pl. Penniesor Pence (p[e^]ns). Pennies
     denotes the number of coins; pence the amount of pennies in
     value. [OE. peni, AS. penig, pening, pending; akin to D.
     penning, OHG. pfenning, pfenting, G. pfennig, Icel. penningr;
     of uncertain origin.]
     1. A former English coin, originally of copper, then of
        bronze, the twelfth part of an English shilling in account
        value, and equal to four farthings, or about two cents; --
        usually indicated by the abbreviation d. (the initial of
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     Note: "The chief Anglo-Saxon coin, and for a long period the
           only one, corresponded to the denarius of the Continent
           . . . [and was] called penny, denarius, or denier."
           --R. S. Poole. The ancient silver penny was worth about
           three pence sterling (see Pennyweight). The old
           Scotch penny was only one twelfth the value of the
           English coin. In the United States the word penny is
           popularly used for cent.
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     2. Any small sum or coin; a groat; a stiver. --Shak.
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     3. Money, in general; as, to turn an honest penny.
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              What penny hath Rome borne,
              What men provided, what munition sent? --Shak.
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     4. (Script.) See Denarius.
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     Penny cress (Bot.), an annual herb of the Mustard family,
        having round, flat pods like silver pennies ({Thlaspi
        arvense). Also spelled pennycress. --Dr. Prior.
     Penny dog (Zool.), a kind of shark found on the South coast
        of Britain: the tope.
     Penny pincher, Penny father, a penurious person; a miser;
        a niggard. The latter phrase is now obsolete. --Robinson
        (More's Utopia).
     Penny grass (Bot.), pennyroyal. [R.]
     Penny post, a post carrying a letter for a penny; also, a
        mail carrier.
     Penny wise, wise or prudent only in small matters; saving
        small sums while losing larger; penny-wise; -- used
        chiefly in the phrase, penny wise and pound foolish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tope \Tope\, n.
     1. (Zool.) A small shark or dogfish ({Galeorhinus galeus
        syn. Galeus galeus), native of Europe, but found also on
        the coasts of California and Tasmania; -- called also
        toper, oil shark, miller's dog, and penny dog.
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     2. (Zool.) The wren. [Prov. Eng.]
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