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beagle (n.)

late 15c., begel, small type of hound formerly kept to hunt hares, of unknown origin, possibly from French becguele "noisy person," literally "gaping throat," from bayer "open wide" (see bay (n.2)) + gueule "mouth" (see gullet).

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Definitions of beagle from WordNet

beagle (n.)
a small short-legged smooth-coated breed of hound;
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