1. <zoology> A variety of the domestic dog, usually having large, drooping ears, especially. One which hunts game by scent, as the foxhound, bloodhound, deerhound, but also used for various breeds of fleet hunting dogs, as the greyhound, boarhound, etc. "Hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs." (Shak)
Origin: OE. Hound, hund, dog, AS. Hund; akin to OS. & OFries. Hund, D. Hond, G. Hund, OHG. Hunt, Icel. Hundr, Dan. & Sw. Hund, Goth. Hunds, and prob. To Lith. Sz, Ir. & Gael. Cu, L. Canis, Gr, Skr. Cvan. Cf. Canine, Cynic, Kennel.
(01 Mar 1998)
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