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

  • n. A dog belonging to any of several northern breeds, such as the Pomeranian or Samoyed, characterized by a long, thick, usually white coat, pointed muzzle and ears, and a tail curled over the back.

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  • n. Any of several Nordic breeds of dog such as the Pomeranian or Samoyed

Etymologies

German Spitz, from spitz, pointed, from Middle High German spiz, from Old High German spizzi.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • I always think of polar exploration when I think of Spitzbergen.

    On the other hand, I always think of the nasty dog belonging to one of my former neighbors, or Olympic swimmers of the 1970s, when I think of spitz.

    May 18, 2009

  • As in Spitzbergen

    May 18, 2009

  • My mom made the neighbour's spitz her pal by poisoning it with the gin she sprinkled on the table scraps.

    - William Gass, The Tunnel

    May 18, 2009