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spaniel

[span-yuh l] /ˈspæn yəl/
noun
1.
one of any of several breeds of small or medium-sized dogs, usually having a long, silky coat and long, drooping ears.
2.
a submissive, fawning, or cringing person.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English spaynel < Old French espaignol Spanish (dog), derivative of Espaigne Spain
Related forms
spaniellike, adjective
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  • The clumber spaniel is a breed of dog of the spaniel type, developed in britain.
British Dictionary definitions for spaniel

spaniel

/ˈspænjəl/
noun
1.
any of several breeds of gundog with long drooping ears, a silky coat, and formerly a docked tail See clumber spaniel, cocker spaniel, field spaniel, springer spaniel, Sussex spaniel, water spaniel
2.
either of two toy breeds of spaniel See King Charles spaniel
3.
an obsequiously devoted person
Word Origin
C14: from Old French espaigneul Spanish (dog), from Old Provençal espanhol, ultimately from Latin Hispāniolus Spanish
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Word Origin and History for spaniel
n.

13c., as a surname meaning "Spaniard;" as a name for a breed of dog of Spanish origin, late 14c., from Old French espagneul, literally "Spanish (dog)," from Vulgar Latin *Hispaniolus "of Spain," diminutive of Latin Hispanus "Spanish, Hispanic" (see Spaniard).

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