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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.
1840-50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dachshund
  • 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.
  • Although the dachshund is generally an energetic dog, some are laid back.
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.

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