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King Charles spaniel

[ king-chahrlz-span-yuhl ]
/ ˈkɪŋ ˈtʃɑrlz ˈspæn yəl /
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noun

one of a breed of small dogs that resemble the closely related cavalier King Charles spaniel, but which are somewhat smaller, have a shorter muzzle, an upturned nose, and sometimes a slight wave or curl to their coat: As is typical of the breed, both of our King Charles spaniels are very playful and affectionate.

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Origin of King Charles spaniel

First recorded in 1895–1900; named after Charles II of England from his liking for this variety

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King Charles spaniel

noun

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 for King Charles spaniel

C17: named after Charles II of England, who popularized the breed
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