dau·​er·​lauf | \ ˈdau̇(ə)rˌlau̇f \
plural dauerlaufs\ -​fs \ or dauerläufe\ -​lȯifə \

Definition of dauerlauf

: a long-distance cross-country ski race of approximately 35 miles — compare langlauf

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History and Etymology for dauerlauf

German, from dauer- long-lasting (from dauern to last, from Middle High German dūren, tūren, from Middle Low German dūren, from Latin durare) + lauf race, run, running, from Old High German louf

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“Dauerlauf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dauerlauf. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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