Braccio, brach′yo, n. an Italian measure of length, varying from half a yard to a yard:—pl.
In France there are several varieties or sub-breeds of brach hounds.
Whatever the brach started, bold Siegfried, the hero of Netherland, slew with his hand.
When the brach started this from its lair, he shot it with his bow, in which he had placed a full sharp arrow.
The Auvergne brach resembles the southern brach, but has a white and black coat spotted with black upon white.
The brach was loosed, the bear sprang hence; Kriemhild's husband would fain overtake him.
The above derivation of brach is, however, not quite satisfactory.
As to 'brach,' though we frequently find it used of a woman, I believe it was never applied to a man.
The Dupuy brach is slender and has a narrow muzzle, as if it had some harrier blood in its veins.
As he elsewhere, it might appear, calls him brach, Hanmer's reading harlot would seem to have been the poet's word.
"bitch hound" (archaic), mid-14c., brache, originally "hound that hunts by scent," from Old French braches "hound, hunting dog," brachez, plural of brachet, of West Germanic origin (cf. Middle Dutch brache, Old High German braccho "hound, setter"), from PIE *bhrag- "to smell" (cf. Middle High German bræhen "to smell," Latin fragrare "to smell sweetly"). Italian bracco is a Germanic loan word.