noun \ˌpä-pē-ˈyōⁿ, ˌpa-\

Definition of PAPILLON

:  any of a European breed of small slender toy spaniels having large erect heavily fringed ears

Origin of PAPILLON

French, literally, butterfly, from Latin papilion-, papilio
First Known Use: 1907


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of toy dog known from the 16th century, when it was called a dwarf spaniel. A favorite of Marie-Antoinette, it appeared in paintings by Old Masters. It acquired its name (French for “butterfly”) in the late 19th century, when a variety with large, flaring ears became fashionable. Another variety has drooping ears. A slender, graceful dog with a plumed tail, it stands 11 in. (28 cm) or less and weighs up to 11 lbs (5 kg). The soft, full coat is usually white, with darker patches.


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