from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small stocky dog of a breed developed in Belgium, having dense long black fur and small pointed ears.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small breed of dog developed in Belgium, sometimes used as a watchdog on boats.
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- n. breed of small stocky black dogs originally used as watchdogs on boats in the Netherlands and Belgium
Flemish, diminutive of schipper, skipper (from the dog's use as a watchdog on a boat), from Middle Dutch; see skipper1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dutch, diminutive of schipper, skipper, from its use on boats. (Wiktionary)