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[dahks-hoo nt, -hoo nd, -uh nd, daks-, dash-] /ˈdɑksˌhʊnt, -ˌhʊnd, -ənd, ˈdæks-, ˈdæʃ-/
one of a German breed of dogs having short legs, a long body and ears, and a usually tan or black-and-tan coat.
Origin of dachshund
1840-50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog Unabridged
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  • So with the dachshund, yet the classes at the London shows are always well filled.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • If mere quaintness of design be desired, is there not already the dachshund!

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • But the dachshund paid no attention to him; he trotted back to the house as fast as his short legs could carry him.

    Dorothy and other Italian Stories Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • "That's my uncle Ethelbert's dachshund," he remarked, at the beginning of the lecture.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • Opposite him on the same sill a dachshund reposed on her paws, regarding her master affectionately.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • If cats were dachshund dogs, and I wasn't so fond of dogs, I would be deadly.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • St. George was going to give me a dachshund, but they do look so bored to tears, I think it would depress me having one about.

    The Guests Of Hercules C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Just give me a chance at that dachshund of a Kaiser with my two bare hands!

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Mark Twain remarked about a dachshund that it seemed to want another pair of legs in the middle to prevent it sagging.

    Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
British Dictionary definitions for dachshund


/ˈdæksˌhʊnd; German ˈdakshʊnt/
a long-bodied short-legged breed of dog
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog, hound1
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Word Origin and History for dachshund

1881, from German Dachshund (15c.), from Dachs (Old High German dahs, 11c.) "badger" (perhaps literally "builder;" see texture) + Hund "dog" (see hound (n.)).

Probably so called because the dogs were used in badger hunts, their long, thin bodies bred to burrow into setts. French taisson, Spanish texon, tejon, Italian tasso are Germanic loan words.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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