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noun dachs·hund \ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt, -ˌhu̇nd; ˈdäk-sənt; especially British ˈdak-sənd\

Definition of dachshund

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of dachshund

German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog


First Known Use: 1878

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DACHSHUND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dachshund for English Language Learners

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


DACHSHUND Defined for Kids

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

Definition of dachshund for Students

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

History for 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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