muzzle on paws

Lee Jongho

Senior Member
Korean
What does "muzzle on paws" mean?

The complete sentence follows:
The twins' horses were hitched in the driveway, big animals, red as their masters' hair; and around the horses' legs quarreled the pack of lean, nervous possum hounds that accompanied Stuart and Brent wherever they went. A little aloof, as became an aristocrat, lay a black-spotted carriage dog, muzzle on paws, patiently waiting for the boys to go home to supper.


The source is from "Gone with the Wind" by Magaret Mitchel
 
  • sdgraham

    Senior Member
    USA English
    The dictionary is your friend if you use it,
    The dogs are resting their muzzles on their paws.
    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
    muz•zle /ˈmʌzəl/ n., v., -zled, -zling.
    n. [countable]
    1. Zoology the part of the head of an animal that comprises the jaws, mouth, and nose.
    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
    paw1 /pɔ/ n. [countable]
    1. Zoology the foot of an animal that has claws or nails:The dog held up its sore paw.
     
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