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Pa·pil·lon

(pah'pē-on[h]),
M.M., 20th-century French dermatologist. See: Papillon-Lefèvre syndrome.

Papillon

a small, dainty dog with an alert expression, rounded head and long, silky coat in white with colored patches. The large, rounded ears are distinctive with their flowing fringe of hair and may be erect, resembling a butterfly, hence the name of the breed, or they may be dropped, a type called Phalene (moth) which is registered and shown as a separate breed in come countries. Called also butterfly dog.
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The name Papillon comes from the French word butterfly, and it is appropriate because the dog's big, round ears look almost like wings.
Phil Taylor, a part-owner of Papillons, called the show ``unusual and refreshing, because it doesn't focus on people who are worse off than you.
Now, Ilsa raises and trains papillons - silky-haired, lap-sized dogs with soft brown eyes and huge ears that perk up like butterfly wings.