dachs·​hund | \ ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt How to pronounce dachshund (audio) , -ˌhu̇nd How to pronounce dachshund (audio) ; ˈdäk-sənt; especially British ˈdak-sənd \

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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Recent Examples on the Web At first, the mascot was a three-foot long wooden or fiberglass dachshund, Moyer isn't sure which. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "He's spent 50 years as scorekeeper for the Frankfort basketball Hot Dogs," 26 Nov. 2019 Clearly a fan favorite, Burns the longhaired dachshund will have a chance to win for all underdogs in the final ring of seven Tuesday night. Ben Walker, The Seattle Times, "Dachshunds get chance to break out of Westminster doghouse," 12 Feb. 2019 Davidson said while hugging his black dachshund sidekick Little Sammy. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Homework without a home: Colorado college to open homeless shelter for students as degree-seekers struggle statewide," 26 Dec. 2019 At home, George enjoyed being outside in his garden, long walks in the mountains with Yolande and their dachshunds, and visiting his family. courant.com, "George Gershel," 27 Sep. 2019 Options include dachshund, Havanese, Airedale terriers and 12 other popular pooches. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "25 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 4 Dec. 2019 There’ll also be brats and wurst aplenty, all sorts of beer games (including the vaunted Best Beer Belly competition), even a dachshund race. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Das Best Oktoberfest, Miranda Lambert, MST3K and more things to do in Baltimore this week," 22 Sep. 2019 Wapping Fair: Attracting all animal lovers, this fair offers dachshund races — while they’re dressed as hot dogs — an animal costume contest and an exhibit on raptor and reptiles on Sunday. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Here’s all you need to know about your favorite country fairs in Connecticut for 2019," 30 July 2019 Piglet’s journey The double dapple dachshund-chihuahua mix is now two and a half years old. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "The story of Piglet, a deaf and blind dog, comes to Alabama," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dachshund

1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dachshund

German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog

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The first known use of dachshund was in 1878

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19 Jan 2020

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“Dachshund.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dachshund?show=0&t=1325077948. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dachshund

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


dachs·​hund | \ ˈdäks-ˌhu̇nt How to pronounce dachshund (audio) , ˈdäk-sənt \

Kids Definition of dachshund

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

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