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brach

brachet (ˈbrætʃɪt)

noun
  1. archaic a bitch hound

Word Origin

C14: back formation from brachez hunting dogs, from Old French, plural of brachet, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German braccho hound
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n.

"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.

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