One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A breed of long-haired dog originally bred as a gun dog and occurring in two varieties, the larger (more fully "Large Munsterlander") resembling a pointer or setter, and the smaller being more like a spaniel; a dog of this breed.
1940s. From German Münsterländer from Münsterland, the name of the region around Münster in Westphalia, north-west Germany, where the breed originated, + -er.
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