variants or brinsell
or less commonly bringsal
plural -s
: a short stick or other device that is suspended from the collar of a trained search dog and used as a signal that a search has been successful

Note: When the dog finds the object of its search, such as a wounded person, it takes the bringsel into its mouth and returns to its handler. The handler then follows the dog to the place where the object of the search was found.

Word History


German bringsel, from bringen to bring, from Old High German bringan

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“Bringsel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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