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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Recent Examples on the Web Bears have noses 7 times better than a bloodhound and can smell even the faintest odor of food inside a vehicle. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 27 June 2022 Such a warm and fascinating guy, a brilliant actor with bloodhound eyes and a voice like coarse-grit sandpaper. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 But the characters—the brave and innocent children, the bloodhound of a colonel—remain rather flat archetypes. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 Bears have a sense of smell that's seven times stronger than that of a bloodhound, the agency added. Claire Colbert And Michelle Watson, CNN, 24 June 2022 Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Westminster. CBS News, 23 June 2022 The bloodhound is owned by Chris and Bryan Flessner, Heather Buehner and Tina Kocar, according to the kennel club’s Facebook page. Thomas Derpinghaus, WSJ, 23 June 2022 Trumpet, a bloodhound, won the best in show prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night. Thomas Derpinghaus, WSJ, 23 June 2022 Trumpet the bloodhound won the coveted best in show prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Wednesday night, but victories like his don’t come cheap. Christine Mui, Fortune, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bloodhound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Aug 2022

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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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