brach

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brach or brachet (brætʃ, ˈbrætʃɪt)
 
n
archaic a bitch hound
 
[C14: back formation from brachez hunting dogs, from Old French, plural of brachet, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German braccho hound]
 
brachet or brachet
 
n
 
[C14: back formation from brachez hunting dogs, from Old French, plural of brachet, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German braccho hound]

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brach
"bitch hound" (archaic), mid-14c., brache, originally "hound that hunts by scent," from O.Fr. brache, brachet, of W.Gmc. origin (cf. M.Du. brache, O.H.G. braccho "hound, setter"), from PIE *bhrag- (cf. M.H.G. bræhen "to smell," L. fragrare "to smell sweetly"). It. bracco is a Germanic loan word.
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