dalmatian







dalmatian


adjective

  1. of or relating to Dalmatia or its people.

noun

  1. an inhabitant of Dalmatia, especially a member of the native Slavic-speaking people of Dalmatia.
  2. Also called coach dog, Dalmatian dog. one of a breed of short-haired dogs having a white coat marked with black or brown spots.
  3. a Romance language of Dalmatia, extinct since 1898.

noun

  1. Also called (esp formerly): carriage dog, coach dog a large breed of dog having a short smooth white coat with black or (in liver-spotted dalmatians) brown spots
  2. a native or inhabitant of Dalmatia

adjective

  1. of or relating to Dalmatia or its inhabitants

1810, spotted dog, presumably named for Dalmatia, but dog breeders argue over whether there is a Croatian ancestry for the breed, which seems to be represented in Egyptian bas-reliefs and Hellenic friezes. Popular in early 1800s as a carriage dog, to trot alongside carriages and guard them in owner’s absence. Even fire departments nowadays tend to spell it *Dalmation.

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