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water spaniel

noun
1.
either of two breeds of spaniels, used for retrieving waterfowl.
Origin of water spaniel
1560-1570
1560-70
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  • She hath more qualities than a water-spaniel,— 270 which is much in a bare Christian.

    Two Gentlemen of Verona William Shakespeare
  • A water-spaniel which knows how to work with a hawk is in each case very useful.

  • In the street she was followed by a water-spaniel, which appealed and vanished suddenly.

    A Mummer's Tale Anatole France
  • No jack-rabbits ventured into the desert; no more would a water-spaniel breast a scalding sea.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward
  • "Nay, that was a water-spaniel did that," said the goldsmith.

    Captain Ravenshaw Robert Neilson Stephens
  • There were evident traces of the water-spaniel, the Skye terrier, and that most beautiful of all the hound family—the beagle.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for water-spaniel

water spaniel

noun
1.
either of two large curly-coated breeds of spaniel (the Irish and the American), which are used for hunting waterfowl See also Irish water spaniel
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