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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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 Captain Wells said authorities brought in bloodhounds and cadaver dogs to search the woods surrounding the park & ride, but nothing of significance was recovered. Bianca Hillier, NBC News, "No arrests in four-year-old missing persons case of Virginia woman Janet Renee Field," 2 July 2018 Officers brought bloodhounds to the base of Box Springs Mountain, an area Aubrey is known to frequent, and searched for Maddock. Matt Hamilton,, "Parolee suspected of killing his mother and dumping her body," 22 June 2018 Male bloodhounds typically grow to weight between 90-110 lbs, but right now Scout is small enough that Sheriff Russ Gibson can hold him up for photos. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Tiny bloodhound joins Osceola County Sheriff's Office," 15 June 2018 Officers then arrived and used bloodhounds to search for the teen. Anna Zambelli, Good Housekeeping, "This Teen Sleepwalked for 9 Miles Before Waking Up," 4 Nov. 2015 One girl ran away three times in 11 days, requiring police to use bloodhounds to help track her down. Cassie Cope And Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Youth psych center faced abuse allegations. So why did Cardinal keep sending patients?," 8 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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