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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, fox, and tanuki also belong. The family Canidae is sometimes referred to as the dog family, and its characteristics, e.g.
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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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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.

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name of the ship in which Charles Darwin made his five-year voyage. [Br. Hist.: NCE, 721–722]
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a small sturdy breed of hound, having a smooth dense coat usually of white, tan, and black; often used (esp formerly) for hunting hares
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The beagle narrates his story through Mike Brumm, 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' writer and producer, and Camille March, a former publishing professional who has also owned a beagle.
It was discovered that the Beagle 2 had indeed landed on Mars on Christmas Day 2003 and that the probe had only missed its intended target by a couple of miles.
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"The next time we went to The Beagle, Charlie asked me about putting The Beagle on the Car and here we are."
Scammer: "Since I don't hear from you and the beagle food is too expensive and I don't think I can bear it anymore maybe I will kill him or I should drop him inside a river close to my house here cus am travel today."
Beagle 2 inspired many in the general public and led indirectly to the UK becoming a leading member of ESA's Aurora program and the UKled ESA ExoMars mission.
Prof Sims, of Leicester University, added: "I'd all but given up hope of ever knowing what happened to Beagle 2.
His daughter Shusanah said her father would have been pleased at the success and able to "defy the critics who want to say that Beagle 2 is a failure".
He added he was sad that fellow Aberystwyth academic Professor Dave Barnes, who played a major role in developing the Beagle's robotic arm but died last year, was not here to witness the images.
"These images are consistent with the Beagle 2 having successfully landed on Mars but then only partially deploying itself."
An artist's impression issued in 2002 showing how Beagle 2 may have looked look once landed on Mars EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
This would make Beagle 2 the first British and European spacecraft to successfully land on Mars.