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beagle

[ bee-guhl ]
/ ˈbi gəl /
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noun
one of a breed of small hounds having long ears, short legs, and a usually black, tan, and white coat.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for beagle

beagle
/ (ˈbiːɡəl) /

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

Word Origin for beagle

C15: of uncertain origin
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