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spitz

 (spĭts)
n.
A dog belonging to any of several northern breeds, such as the Pomeranian and Samoyed, characterized by a thick coat, pointed muzzle and ears, and a plumed tail curled over the back.

[German Spitz, from spitz, pointed, from Middle High German spiz, from Old High German spizzi.]
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spitz

(spɪts)
n
(Breeds) any of various breeds of dog characterized by very dense hair, a stocky build, a pointed muzzle, erect ears, and a tightly curled tail
[C19: from German, from spitz pointed]

Spitz

(spɪts)
n
(Biography) Mark. born 1950, US swimmer, who won seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympic Games
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spitz

(spɪts)

n.
any of several dogs having a stocky body, a thick coat, erect, pointed ears, and a tail curved over the back, as a chow chow, Pomeranian, or Samoyed.
[1835–45; < German: pointed]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spitz - any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tailspitz - any of various stocky heavy-coated breeds of dogs native to northern regions having pointed muzzles and erect ears with a curled furry tail
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog - a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night"
Samoyede, Samoyed - Siberian breed of white or cream-colored dog of the spitz family
Pomeranian - breed of very small compact long-haired dogs of the spitz type
chow chow, chow - breed of medium-sized dogs with a thick coat and fluffy curled tails and distinctive blue-black tongues; believed to have originated in northern China
keeshond - a spitz-like dog having a shaggy greyish coat and tightly curled tail originating in Holland
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References in classic literature ?
He saw Spitz run out his scarlet tongue in a way he had of laughing; and he saw Francois, swinging an axe, spring into the mess of dogs.
Spitz was the leader, likewise experienced, and while he could not always get at Buck, he growled sharp reproof now and again, or cunningly threw his weight in the traces to jerk Buck into the way he should go.
Buck received them in comradely fashion, Dave ignored them, while Spitz proceeded to thrash first one and then the other.
Like Dave, he asked nothing, gave nothing, expected nothing; and when he marched slowly and deliberately into their midst, even Spitz left him alone.
Dave was wheeler or sled dog, pulling in front of him was Buck, then came Sol-leks; the rest of the team was strung out ahead, single file, to the leader, which position was filled by Spitz.
For when it is stated, for instance, that the German Spitz dog unites more easily than other dogs with foxes, or that certain South American indigenous domestic dogs do not readily cross with European dogs, the explanation which will occur to everyone, and probably the true one, is that these dogs have descended from several aboriginally distinct species.
Accurate prediction models may identify subgroups of these smokers who will benefit most from intensive screening programs and behavioral interventions," says Margaret Spitz, senior author and professor in the Department of EpidemiologY.
Sunday's victory in the men's 4x100m medley relay, the final swimming competition in Beijing's Water Cube, breaks US swimmer Mark Spitz's record of seven golds set more than 30 years ago at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Trailing Cavic in the 100 metres butterfly, Phelps lunged forward on his final stroke to touch a hundredth of a second ahead, the smallest margin possible, to equal Mark Spitz's 1972 Games haul.
Added to his six golds from Athens four years ago, that meant Phelps surpassed the nine golds won by Paavo Nurmi, Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz and Larysa Latynina to cement his place in Olympic history.
The 23-year-old's overall tally of 11 gold medals eclipses the nine won by fellow Americans, swimmer Mark Spitz and track and field star Carl Lewis, Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi and Soviet gymnast Larysa Latynina.