Etymology
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springer (n.)

"one who or that which leaps," mid-14c. (late 12c. as a surname), agent noun from spring (v.). As a type of spaniel, 1808, so called from being used originally to rouse (that is, to "spring") game.

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Definitions of springer

springer (n.)
the lowest stone in an arch -- from which it springs;
Synonyms: impost
springer (n.)
a cow about to give birth;
Synonyms: springing cow
springer (n.)
a large spaniel with wavy silky coat usually black or liver and white;
Synonyms: springer spaniel
From wordnet.princeton.edu