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poodle

[ pood-l ]
/ ˈpud l /
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noun

one of a breed of notably intelligent dogs, having thick frizzy or curly hair usually trimmed in standard patterns, and occurring in three varieties (standard poodle, miniature poodle, and toy poodle) that differ in size: What I miss most about our old place are the six big poodles who live at the herb farm next door.

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Origin of poodle

First recorded in 1770–75; from German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, equivalent to pudel(n) “to splash” + Hund “dog”; see puddle,hound1

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poodle
/ (ˈpuːdəl) /

noun

a breed of dog, with varieties of different sizes, having curly hair, which is often clipped from ribs to tail for showing: originally bred to hunt waterfowl
a person who is servile; lackey

Word Origin for poodle

C19: from German Pudel, short for Pudelhund, from pudeln to splash + Hund dog; the dogs were formerly trained as water dogs; see puddle, hound 1
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