Definitions for Beagleˈbi gəl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
one of a breed of small, compact hounds with drooping ears and usu. a black, tan, and white coat.
Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses
Origin of beagle:
1490–1500; prob. < MF beegueule one who whines insistently =beer to gape +gueule mouth; see gullet
a small short-legged smooth-coated breed of hound
A small short-legged smooth-coated hound, often used for hunting hares. Often tri-coloured, its friendly disposition makes it suitable as a family pet.
A person who snoops on others; a detective.
To hunt with beagles.
Origin: From begle. Origin uncertain. The French bigle is from the English.
a small hound, or hunting dog, twelve to fifteen inches high, used in hunting hares and other small game. See Illustration in Appendix
fig.: A spy or detective; a constable
The Beagle is a breed of small to medium-sized dog. A member of the Hound Group, it is similar in appearance to the Foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, and other small game. They have a great sense of smell and tracking instinct that sees them employed as detection dogs for prohibited agricultural imports and foodstuffs in quarantine around the world. Beagles are intelligent, and popular pets because of their size, even temper, and lack of inherited health problems. Although beagle-type dogs have existed for over 2,000 years, the modern breed was developed in Great Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier. Beagles have been depicted in popular culture since Elizabethan times in literature and paintings, and more recently in film, television and comic books. Snoopy of the comic strip Peanuts has been promoted as "the world's most famous beagle".
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