waterdog

or wa·ter dog

[ waw-ter-dawg, -dog, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg, ˈwɒt ər- /

noun

any of several large salamanders, as a mudpuppy or hellbender.

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Origin of waterdog

First recorded in 1855–60; water + dog

Definition for waterdog (2 of 2)

water dog

noun

a dog that swims well or is trained to retrieve waterfowl in hunting.
Informal. a person who feels at home in or on the water.

Origin of water dog

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
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British Dictionary definitions for waterdog

water dog

noun

a dog trained to hunt in water
informal a dog or person who enjoys going in or on the water
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