- of or relating to Dalmatia or its people.
Origin of Dalmatian
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There was also a feeling that the Dalmatian forests were a source of pride to the people.
In this way he saved a great many of the Dalmatian intelligentsia.
His ears are for the most part white, while those of the Dalmatian are usually black.Anecdotes of Dogs
She wore a long Dalmatian capote with the hood drawn over her head.
I have loved you in secret from the day when I set eyes on you in the Dalmatian convent.
- Also called (esp formerly): carriage dog, coach dog a large breed of dog having a short smooth white coat with black or (in liver-spotted dalmatians) brown spots
- a native or inhabitant of Dalmatia
- of or relating to Dalmatia or its inhabitants
Word Origin and History for dalmatian
1810, spotted dog, presumably named for Dalmatia, but dog breeders argue over whether there is a Croatian ancestry for the breed, which seems to be represented in Egyptian bas-reliefs and Hellenic friezes. Popular in early 1800s as a carriage dog, to trot alongside carriages and guard them in owner's absence. Even fire departments nowadays tend to spell it *Dalmation.