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Irish water spaniel

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  1. one of an Irish breed of large water spaniels having a thick, curly, liver-colored coat, a topknot of long, loose curls, and a thin, tapering tail covered with short hair.

Origin of Irish water spaniel

First recorded in 1880–85
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British Dictionary definitions for irish water spaniel

Irish water spaniel

  1. a breed of dog used to hunt duck and having a dense coat of a purplish-liver colour that falls in tight ringlets covering the whole body except for the face and tail
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