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beagle,

breed of small, compact houndhound,
classification used by breeders and kennel clubs to designate dogs bred to hunt animals. Most of the dogs in this group hunt by scent, their quarry ranging from such large game as bear or elk to small game and vermin; ground scenters trail slowly with the head low, and
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 developed over centuries in England and introduced into the United States in the 1870s. It stands between 10 and 15 in. (25.4–38.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs between 20 and 40 lb (9.1–18.1 kg). The breed is divided into two varieties on the basis of size: those under 13 in. (33 cm) in height and those between 13 and 15 in. (33–38.1 cm). The beagle's short, close-lying, harsh coat is usually colored black, tan, and white. Once widely used, either singly or in packs, to hunt hares, today it is more popular as a field-trial competitor and pet. See dogdog,
carnivorous, domesticated wolf (Canis lupus familiaris) of the family Canidae, to which the jackal and fox also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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Beagle,

naval vessel: see Darwin, Charles RobertDarwin, Charles Robert,
1809–82, English naturalist, b. Shrewsbury; grandson of Erasmus Darwin and of Josiah Wedgwood. He firmly established the theory of organic evolution known as Darwinism.
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Beagle

 

an English three-masted man-of-war famous chiefly for its expedition around the world in 1831–36 under the command of Robert Fitzroy, with the participation of C. Darwin.

The Beagle’s displacement was 235 tons. Biological and geological research was carried out on the Beagle, including studies of the structure of coral reefs, volcanic islands, and other phenomena. On missions for the British Admiralty from 1826 to 1830,1831 to 1836,1837 to 1841, and 1841 to 1843, the Beagle conducted hydrographic studies for a survey of the coasts of South America, New Zealand, and northern Australia.

Beagle

name of the ship in which Charles Darwin made his five-year voyage. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 721–722]
See: Journey

beagle

a small sturdy breed of hound, having a smooth dense coat usually of white, tan, and black; often used (esp formerly) for hunting hares