Basset-hound meaning

A short-haired hunting dog of a breed originating in France and having a long body, short legs, and long drooping ears.
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A short-legged breed of dog of the hound family.
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Origin of basset-hound

  • French basset short, basset hound diminutive of basse feminine of bas low base2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French basset (“basset hound"), nominalization of Old French adjective basset (“short-legged"), from bas (“short, low").

    From Wiktionary