1 [bas-it]
one of a breed of hounds having short legs, long body and ears, and usually a black, tan, and white coat.
Also called basset hound.

1610–20; < French: noun use of adj. basset of low stature (bass- low (see base2) + -et attenuating suffix; see -et) Unabridged
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basset1 (ˈbæsɪt)
Also called: basset hound a long low smooth-haired breed of hound with short strong legs and long ears
[C17: from French, from basset short, from bas low; see base²]

basset2 (ˈbæsɪt)
vb, —n , -sets, -seting, -seted
a rare word for outcrop
[C17: perhaps from French: low stool, see basset1]

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Word Origin & History

"short-legged dog," 1610s, from Fr. basset, from O.Fr. bas "low" (see base (adj.)) + dim. suffix.
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