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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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