One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An aquatic North American salamander that is a smaller relative of the mud puppy, typically living in flowing water.
Genus Necturus, family Proteidae: several species
- ‘Four Necturus species, the waterdogs, grow to 28 cm in length, and the fifth, N. maculosus, the mudpuppy, grows to more than 40 cm long.’
- ‘A good population of the Neuse River waterdog, a large salamander, still remains in the Little River, and dam removal increased its habitat.’
- ‘Live bait (minnows, waterdogs) produced two of the fish, as did spinnerbaits.’
2A dog that swims well, especially a type of gun dog trained to retreive waterfowl.‘I would rather watch my water dog get wet than me’
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