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
Recent Examples of dachshund from the Web
No, it’s Rocco the dog, who had to be rescued by firefighters when the small dachshund got stuck inside a tree trunk.
After trying to determine the source of the yelps, the officers discovered Rocco, a dachshund, stuck in a tree trunk.
A dachshund hunting for groundhogs ended up getting stuck in a tree.
A couple of Kentucky State Police troopers and a firefighter have proved that man can be dog’s best friend by coming to the rescue of a dachshund trapped inside a tree trunk.
The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration and activities to follow at 10 a.m. Start off by casting a vote for your favorite Dachshund in the costume contest.
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Origin and Etymology of dachshund
German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog
First Known Use: 1878
DACHSHUND Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of dachshund for Students
: 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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