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spitz

[spits] /spɪts/
noun
1.
any of several dogs having a stocky body, a thick coat, erect, pointed ears, and a tail curved over the back, as a chow chow, Pomeranian, or Samoyed.
Origin of spitz
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45, spitz is from the German word spitz pointed

Spitz

[spits] /spɪts/
noun
1.
Mark (Andrew) born 1950, U.S. swimmer: winner of seven gold medals in 1972 summer Olympic Games.
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  • This hotel was kept by a man named spitz, who looked his name to perfection.

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  • Wherever his fangs struck for the softer flesh, they were countered by the fangs of spitz.

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  • Then he warmed up and enveloped spitz in a whirlwind of rushes.

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  • Despite the pain and helplessness, spitz struggled madly to keep up.

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  • You see he is a spitz; but do not be frightened: he will never have hydrophobia.

British Dictionary definitions for spitz

spitz

/spɪts/
noun
1.
any of various breeds of dog characterized by very dense hair, a stocky build, a pointed muzzle, erect ears, and a tightly curled tail
Word Origin
C19: from German, from spitz pointed

Spitz

/spɪts/
noun
1.
Mark. born 1950, US swimmer, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games
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Word Origin and History for spitz

Spitz

n.

breed of small Pomeranian dog, 1842, from German Spitz (occasionally Spitzhund), from spitz "pointed" (see spit (n.)). So called from the shape of its muzzle.

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