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water spaniel

either of two breeds of spaniels, used for retrieving waterfowl.
Origin of water spaniel
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • His fondness for paddling in the ditches and "slumgullion" at one time suggested a water spaniel.

    Selected Stories Bret Harte
  • The man was trying to send the water spaniel into the copse.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • The crest of Anderson, until recently borne by the Earl of Yarborough, is a water spaniel.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • In the midst of our talk, Major Ferguson dived to share our shelter, dripping like a water spaniel.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde
  • The water spaniel wagged a noncommittal tail and stretched himself before the wood fire with a deep drawn sigh.

    The So-called Human Race Bert Leston Taylor
  • I have hunted with them and found this breed of dog away ahead of the water spaniel, collie, etc.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
  • M. des R—— had a water spaniel, which had been brought up by him, and had never quitted him.

    A Hundred Anecdotes of Animals Percy J. Billinghurst
  • Inside of three minutes Bob White went in from the headland with a splash, and swam toward the floating boat like a water spaniel.

  • The best I have seen were of a cross between the Labrador and water spaniel, or the pure Labrador dog.

    The Dog Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
  • The retriever is a large dog used for retrieving game on land, as a water spaniel is used for the same purpose in water.

British Dictionary definitions for water spaniel

water spaniel

either of two large curly-coated breeds of spaniel (the Irish and the American), which are used for hunting waterfowl See also Irish water spaniel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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