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[dahks-hoo nt, -hoo nd, -uh nd, daks-, dash-] /ˈdɑksˌhʊnt, -ˌhʊnd, -ənd, ˈdæks-, ˈdæʃ-/
one of a German breed of dogs having short legs, a long body and ears, and a usually tan or black-and-tan coat.
Origin of dachshund
1840-50; < German, equivalent to Dachs badger + Hund dog Unabridged
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  • The dachshund's pathetic shriek of outrage made the rafters ring.

  • If mere quaintness of design be desired, is there not already the dachshund!

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • Oh, well, of course it has been short too, summers always are; like the dachshund!

    The Merryweathers Laura E. Richards
  • It was very nice to have the Prince asking after your dachshund's cough, but she had got past that.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • He pointed to the dachshund, and added, in his ordinary tone, "That's him."

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • "That's my uncle Ethelbert's dachshund," he remarked, at the beginning of the lecture.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • If cats were dachshund dogs, and I wasn't so fond of dogs, I would be deadly.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • Just give me a chance at that dachshund of a Kaiser with my two bare hands!

    Why Joan? Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • A gift of a dachshund was considered a token of high esteem.

    Hunting Dogs Oliver Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for dachshund


/ˈdæksˌhʊnd; German ˈdakshʊnt/
a long-bodied short-legged breed of dog
Word Origin
C19: from German, from Dachs badger + Hund dog, hound1
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Word Origin and History for dachshund

1881, from German Dachshund (15c.), from Dachs (Old High German dahs, 11c.) "badger" (perhaps literally "builder;" see texture) + Hund "dog" (see hound (n.)).

Probably so called because the dogs were used in badger hunts, their long, thin bodies bred to burrow into setts. French taisson, Spanish texon, tejon, Italian tasso are Germanic loan words.

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