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King Charles spaniel

a variety of the English toy spaniel having a black-and-tan coat.
Origin of King Charles spaniel
First recorded in 1895-1900; named after Charles II of England from his liking for this variety Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The quick-witted child knew just as well then as she did next morning, that the dog—a King Charles spaniel—was intended for her.

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    Sophie May
  • He had large, soft, affectionate brown eyes, like a King Charles spaniel.

    Trilby George Du Maurier
  • I wonder a woman like that can bear him to come near her, but she pets the baboon as if he were a King Charles spaniel.

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British Dictionary definitions for King Charles spaniel

King Charles spaniel

a toy breed of spaniel with a short turned-up nose and a domed skull
cavalier King Charles spaniel, a similar breed that is slightly larger and has a longer nose
Word Origin
C17: named after Charles II of England, who popularized the breed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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