brachet (plural brachets)
- (obsolete) A female hunting hound that hunts by scent.
- 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter V, in Le Morte Darthur, book III:
- Ryght so as they sat ther came rennyng in a whyte hert in to the halle and a whyte brachet next hym and xxx couple of black rennyng houndes cam after with a greete crye
- Right so as they sat, there came running a white hart into the hall, and a white brachet next to him, and sixty black hounds came running after with a great cry
- 1987, Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun (fiction, hardcover), 1st edition, Tor, →ISBN, LCCN 87-50478, page 44:
- I followed it as well as I could, I who have so often boasted of my memory now sniffing along for what seemed a league at least like a brachet and ready almost to yelp for joy at the thought of a place I knew, after so much emptiness, silence, and blackness.
Diminutive of Old French and Old Occitan brac (“hound”), from Old High German and Frankish *brakko, from Proto-Germanic *brak (“dog that hunts by scent”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreh₂g- (“to smell”). Cognate with Old High German braccho.
- hunting dog trained to follow the scent of an animal
- → English: brachet