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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a breed of small dog related to the spaniel, having a long silky coat, a bushy tail that curves over its back, and large ears shaped like the wings of a butterfly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A breed of small dog with large ears.
  • n. A dog of that breed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small slender toy spaniel with erect ears and a black-spotted brown to white coat

Etymologies

French, from Old French, butterfly, from Latin pāpiliō, pāpiliōn-; see pavilion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French papillon ("butterfly"), from Latin papilio ("butterfly, moth") (Wiktionary)

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