- archaic a bitch hound
Word Origin for brach
Examples from the Web for brach
Historical Examples of brach
In France there are several varieties or sub-breeds of brach hounds.
When the brach started this from its lair, he shot it with his bow, in which he had placed a full sharp arrow.
The brach was loosed, the bear sprang hence; Kriemhild's husband would fain overtake him.
Braccio, brach′yo, n. an Italian measure of length, varying from half a yard to a yard:—pl.
In 1611 a Dutch merchantman (the “Brach”) reached Hirado with a cargo of pepper, cloth, ivory, silk and lead.
Word Origin and History for brach
"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.