noun \ˈbləd-ˌhand\

: a large dog that has very long ears and a very good sense of smell and that is often used for finding people and for hunting

Full Definition of BLOODHOUND

:  any of a breed of large powerful hounds of European origin remarkable for acuteness of smell
:  a person keen in pursuit

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First Known Use of BLOODHOUND

14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Breed of dog superior to any other in scenting ability, the foundation breed of most scent-hunting hound breeds. They were known, although not in the present form, in the Mediterranean area in pre-Christian times. Calm and affectionate, they are often used to track animals and trail persons. A large, strong dog, the bloodhound stands 23–27 in. (58–69 cm) and weighs 80–110 lb (35–50 kg). It has short hair and long ears, with loose skin that falls into folds and wrinkles around the head and neck. The coat is black-and-tan, red-brown and tan, or tawny.


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