dachshund

[dahks-hoont, -hoond, -uhnd, daks-, dash-]
noun
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:
1840–50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog

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dachshund (ˈdæksˌhʊnd, German ˈdakshʊnt)
 
n
a long-bodied short-legged breed of dog
 
[C19: from German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog, hound1]

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dachshund
1881, from Ger. Dachshund, from Dachs, from common I.E. word for "badger" (cf. L. taxus, taxo) + Hund "dog." Probably so called because the dogs were used in badger hunts, their long, thin bodies bred to burrow into setts.
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Example sentences
Dachshund bodies were lengthened, giving them hernias.
As my own spirits declined, along with the pig's, the spirits of my vile old dachshund rose.
Two fireplaces were lit and an elegant dachshund padded about underfoot.
The top-ranked wire-haired dachshund in the country.
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