basset hound

noun
bas·​set hound | \ ˈba-sət- How to pronounce basset hound (audio) \

Definition of basset hound

: 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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Recent Examples on the Web Transmission takes its time, as playful as a 14-year-old basset hound, those optional BBS wheels cost what? Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Is a Tuner Car for Grownups," 20 Nov. 2020 Left to right, Maria La Ganga, Milo the basset hound and Steph Cha. Los Angeles Times, "Book Club: Talk memoir and food in Alice Waters’ kitchen at our next virtual event April 21," 11 Apr. 2020 Two young businessmen sat in an otherwise empty room talking about high rents while some regulars sat at tables by the bar with their dozing basset hound. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "It’s Not the Plague, but Milan Isn’t Itself Either," 27 Feb. 2020 The scientists analyzed MRIs of 62 purebred dogs representing 33 breeds, from basset hounds and beagles to Welsh corgis and Yorkshire terriers. Sharon Begley, Scientific American, "Canine MRIs Sniff Out How Human Preferences Shaped Dogs’ Hallmark Traits," 3 Sep. 2019 In a recent paper, Hecht analyzed MRI scans from 33 breeds, finding that, for instance, a Weimaraner’s noggin has extra terrain devoted to visual processing, and that of a basset hound is primed to analyze smells. Popular Science, "Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.," 10 Feb. 2020 Andrea Cullipher prepares a piece of bread with .75ml of CBD oil for her 10-year-old basset hound, Axel. Susan Spillman, Los Angeles Times, "Why some pet owners are turning to CBD to treat their ailing animals," 4 Oct. 2019 Boynton then retrieved from a nearby armchair one of her sister’s old stuffed toys, a plush incarnation of J. J. Morgan, a television-celebrity basset hound from the early 1950s. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "The Bard of Bedtime," 8 Oct. 2019 Also, a cat with an attitude has a mysterious wound and Dr. Petra performs life-saving surgery on a basset hound hit by a car. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday and weekend talk shows, ‘Restaurant: Impossible,’ Apollo 11 moon landing and more," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of basset hound

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for basset hound

French basset, from Middle French, from basset short, from bas low — more at base entry 3

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23 Nov 2020

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“Basset hound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/basset%20hound. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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basset hound

noun
How to pronounce basset hound (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of basset hound

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

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