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dachshund

[dahks-hoo nt, -hoo nd, -uh nd, daks-, dash-] /ˈdɑksˌhʊnt, -ˌhʊnd, -ənd, ˈdæks-, ˈdæʃ-/
noun
1.
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
1840-1850
1840-50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog
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  • They have a particularly loud bark, making dachshunds good watchdogs.
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  • dachshunds are famous for their peculiar size, body, and face.
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dachshund

/ˈdæksˌhʊnd; German ˈdakshʊnt/
noun
1.
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 dachshunds

dachshund

n.

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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