ETYM Old Fren. espagneul, French épagneul, espagnol Spanish, Spanish espańnol, from Espańa Spain, from Latin Hispania.
Any of several breeds of small to medium-sized gun dogs with a long silky coat and long frilled ears.
Any of several breeds of small and medium-sized gundog, characterized by large, drooping ears and a wavy, long, silky coat. Spaniels are divided into two groups: those that are still working gundogs—Clumber, cocker, Irish water, springer, and Sussex—and the toy breeds that are kept as pets—including the Japanese, King Charles, papillon, and Tibetan.
The working breeds usually have docked tails.