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Meaning of SPANIEL

Pronunciation:  'spanyul

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears

SPANIEL is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: Brittany spaniel, clumber, clumber spaniel, cocker, cocker spaniel, English cocker spaniel, field spaniel, gun dog, sporting dog, springer, springer spaniel, Sussex spaniel, water spaniel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Span"iel\, n. [OF. espagneul, F. ['e]pagneul, espagnol
    Spanish, Sp. espa[~n]nol, fr. Espa[~n]a Spain, from L.
    1. (Zo["o]l.) One of a breed of small dogs having long and
       thick hair and large drooping ears. The legs are usually
       strongly feathered, and the tail bushy. See Illust. under
       {Clumber}, and {Cocker}.
    Note: There are several varieties of spaniels, some of which,
          known as field spaniels, are used in hunting; others
          are used for toy or pet dogs, as the Blenheim spaniel,
          and the King Charles spaniel (see under {Blenheim}). Of
          the field spaniels, the larger kinds are called
          springers, and to these belong the Sussex, Norfolk, and
          Clumber spaniels (see {Clumber}). The smaller field
          spaniels, used in hunting woodcock, are called cocker
          spaniels (see Cocker). Field spaniels are remarkable
          for their activity and intelligence.
                As a spaniel she will on him leap. --Chaucer.
    2. A cringing, fawning person. --Shak.
  2. \Span"iel\, a.
    Cringing; fawning. --Shak.
  3. \Span"iel\, v. i.
    To fawn; to cringe; to be obsequious. [R.] --Churchill.
  4. \Span"iel\, v. t.
    To follow like a spaniel. [R.]