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  • n. A wild canid, Lycaon pictus

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  • "The pudding was Jack's favorite, a spotted dog, and a spotted dog fit for a line-of-battle ship, carried in by two strong men.

    "'Bless me,' cried Jack, with a loving look at its glistening, faintly translucent sides, 'a spotted dog!'

    "'We thought as how you might like one, sir,' said Pullings. 'Allow me to carve you a slice.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 83

    See also drowned baby.

    February 13, 2008