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basset hound

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noun bas·set hound \ˈba-sət-\

Simple Definition of basset hound

  • : a kind of dog that has short legs and long ears and that is used for hunting

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of basset hound

  1. :  any of an old breed of short-legged hunting dogs of French origin having very long ears and a short smooth coat —called also basset

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Origin and Etymology of basset hound

French basset, from Middle French, from basset short, from bas low — more at base


First Known Use: 1883



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