blood·​hound | \ ˈbləd-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce bloodhound (audio) \

Definition of bloodhound

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

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Deputy Kelly Fosler and her bloodhound, Jessie, were in Wyoming on an unrelated call when they were requested for a search for a missing 12-year-old girl. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "'Right place at the right time': Colorado deputy, bloodhound find missing girl in Wyoming," 6 July 2019 The data itself isn’t a snapshot, a single click in time, but more like an unspooling filmstrip, as the high-flying robot traverses the atmosphere, pushing through space with its nose pointed down like a bloodhound. Andrew Blum, WIRED, "Inside the Room Where They Control the Weather Satellites," 25 June 2019 Polk County Sheriff's office used drones, bloodhounds and cell phone data to identify where McClatchy might be, Balduf said in a post. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Missing Texas hiker is found alive after almost a week," 9 June 2019 Ultimately, authorities were able to locate the woman in another home with the help of a bloodhound. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Bloodhound helps find Niagara Falls woman chained in basement," 11 June 2019 The Sheriff’s Office has seven dogs — one a bloodhound used strictly for tracking — and six handlers, Sielback said. Erika Butler,, "Bel Air couple donate $2,800 to buy safety mechanisms for Harford County police dogs," 7 June 2019 Pictured above, the photo features the show's eponymous antihero alongside a massive bloodhound. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Eerie New Sherlock Trailer Declares 'It's Not a Game Anymore'," 2 Dec. 2016 Four law enforcement agencies started a manhunt around Albion to locate Foster, complete with bloodhounds and K9 officers, the Buffalo News reported. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Grandma drives herself to the hospital after grandson stabs her and takes $23, NY police say," 10 July 2018 Because his disappearance set off a months-long search, the organization that bears his name now donates bloodhounds to law enforcement agencies to help them search for missing people. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Tiny bloodhound joins Osceola County Sheriff's Office," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of bloodhound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodhound

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


blood·​hound | \ ˈbləd-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce bloodhound (audio) \

Kids Definition of bloodhound

: a large hound with long drooping ears, a wrinkled face, and a very good sense of smell

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