kees·hond (kāshônt′, -hŏnd′)
n. pl. kees·hon·den (-hôndən) or kees·honds
A dog of a medium-sized breed originating in the Netherlands, having a thick gray, black, and white coat and a plumed tail carried over the back.
[Dutch : probably the name Kees (nickname for Cornelis, Cornelius) + hond, dog (from Middle Dutch; see kwon- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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