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cocker spaniel

one of a breed of small spaniels having a flat or slightly waved, soft, dense coat of any of several colors.
Origin of cocker spaniel
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
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  • They had a dog with them, a cocker spaniel called Bob, but they wanted another.

    Beautiful Joe Marshall Saunders
  • The cocker spaniel is the most popular kind in this country.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • Our cocker spaniel is sweeter than some flowers, but he is not a Mignonette.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • The cocker spaniel had decided, like that boy, that he had got to get the woodchuck.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • He's cocker spaniel and bloodhound, and he knows things, that dog.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • He combined the attributes of pointer, cocker spaniel, and retriever.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • I know a fool of a dog who pretends that he is a cocker spaniel, and is convinced that the world revolves round him wonderingly.

    Happy Days Alan Alexander Milne
British Dictionary definitions for cocker spaniel

cocker spaniel

a small compact breed of spaniel having sleek silky fur, a domed head, and long fringed ears
Word Origin
C19 cocker, from cocking hunting woodcocks
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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