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 No one protests to putting a body of water between us—with our bacon bits and cheeses—and a predator with more olfactory receptors than a bloodhound. Ben Weissenbach, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 June 2021 Meet Grady, a bluegrass bloodhound who belongs to the K-9 unit of the Harford County Sheriff’s Department. Mike Klingaman,, 18 May 2021 On Saturday, after a bloodhound tracked her scent more than a mile down the highway, a search and rescue team trekking up a ravine and following a creek found her notebook, shoes and clothing, Abbott said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 2 Aug. 2020 By 2004, Howard moved to Melbourne establishing himself as a bloodhound sports reporter at the Channel Seven network. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2020 At the end of the event, before a robot handed out candy, a beaming Ivey stood with his ever-present bloodhound sidekick, Junny, at his side. Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2020 During that time, investigators frantically searched for the baby, using helicopters and bloodhounds. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 23 Feb. 2020 Once again the characters in search of the chimera of freedom must flee from homicidal human bloodhounds (and sometimes actual ones) through an infinite labyrinth of grotesque obstacles. New York Times, 14 July 2019 The pro leagues, in fact, run like bloodhounds after the scent of their fan bases. Michael Powell, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bloodhound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bloodhound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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