Rache

A “setter,” or rather a dog said to hunt wild beasts, birds, and even fishes by scent. The female was called a brachei.e. bitch-rache. (Saxon, raecc; French, braque.)

“A leyshe of ratches to renne an hare.” —Skelton: Magnificence

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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