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beagle

[bee-guh l]
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noun
  1. one of a breed of small hounds having long ears, short legs, and a usually black, tan, and white coat.

Origin of beagle

1490–1500; perhaps < Middle French beegueule one who whines insistently, equivalent to bee, 3rd person singular of beer to be open, gape (by-form of bayer (see bay2) + gueule mouth (of an animal); see gullet
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beagle

noun
  1. a small sturdy breed of hound, having a smooth dense coat usually of white, tan, and black; often used (esp formerly) for hunting hares
  2. archaic a person who spies on others
verb
  1. (intr) to hunt with beagles, normally on foot

Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for beagle

n.

late 15c., of unknown origin, possibly from French becguele "noisy person," literally "gaping throat," from bayer "open wide" (see bay (n.2)) + gueule "mouth" (see gullet).

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