noun dachs·hund \ˈdäks-ˌhnt, -ˌhnd; ˈdäk-sənt; especially British ˈdak-sənd\

: a small type of dog that has a long body, very short legs, and long ears

Full Definition of DACHSHUND

:  any of a breed of long-bodied, short-legged dogs of German origin that occur in short-haired, long-haired, and wirehaired varieties

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German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog
First Known Use: 1882

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DACHSHUND Defined for Kids


noun dachs·hund \ˈdäks-ˌhnt, ˈdäk-sənt\

Definition of DACHSHUND for Kids

:  a small dog of German origin with a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears

Word History of DACHSHUND

Several centuries ago, the Germans developed a dog with short legs and a long body. These dogs were used to hunt burrowing animals such as badgers. Because of their shape, the dogs could follow a badger right down its hole. The Germans gave these dogs the name Dachshund, a compound word formed from Dachs, badger, and Hund, dog. The English word dachshund came from this German name.


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