One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A breed of large, muscular dog, having a broad head and a reddish-brown coat, and developed for hunting or guarding; a dog of this breed.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Newcastle Weekly Courant. From French dogue de Bordeaux from dogue mastiff + de + Bordeaux, the name of a city in south-west France.
Dogue de Bordeaux/ˌdɒɡ də bɔːˈdəʊ//ˌdəʊɡ də bɔːˈdəʊ/
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