One entry found for dachshund.
Main Entry: dachs·hund
Pronunciation: däks-hnt, däk-snt
Etymology: from German Dachshund "dachshund," literally, "badger dog," from Dachs "badger" and Hund dog : any of a breed of dogs of German origin with a long body, very short legs, and long drooping ears Word History The dachshund is a dog with short legs and a long history. The breed was developed in Germany more than a thousand years ago to hunt burrowing animals such as badgers. With its short legs and long, powerful body, the dachshund could follow a badger right down into its hole. It could even fight with the badger underground. The German name for the breed was dachshund, a compound of dachs, meaning "badger," and hund, "dog." This German name was borrowed directly into English.