bor·​zoi | \ ˈbȯr-ˌzȯi How to pronounce borzoi (audio) \

Definition of borzoi

: any of a breed of large dogs developed in Russia especially for pursuing wolves that have a long silky usually white coat with darker markings

called also Russian wolfhound

Examples of borzoi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hanging With the Hendersons Veterinarian Tony Henderson is asked to handle a rare procedure on a young borzoi hound in this new episode. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Saturday July 27: The TV movie ‘V.C. Andrews’ Heaven’ on Lifetime," 26 July 2019 The literary set feted Knopf as only the literary set could—Toni Morrison spoke about her young life as a textbook publisher, Sharon Olds read from Chaucer (in Middle English, no less), and James Ellroy howled at the borzoi on the ceiling. Adrienne Westenfeld, Town & Country, "We Asked Famous Writers What They Will Read if Hurricane Joaquin Hits," 2 Oct. 2015 Just like he’s done every morning and afternoon for the last year, Ike Iloputaife took his two exotic borzoi dogs for a 90-minute walk in his San Diego County neighborhood in the early morning hours of May 16. Pam Kragen,, "Black man walks his dogs down his block, ends up pictured in hunt for burglary suspects," 5 June 2018 Guided by expert handler Bill McFadden, Flynn beat out Ty the giant schnauzer, Biggie the pug, Bean the Sussex spaniel, Lucy the borzoi, Slick the border collie and Winston the Norfolk terrier. CBS News, "Flynn the bichon frise wins best in show at Westminster," 14 Feb. 2018 As judging began Monday night, a borzoi named Lucy won the hound group, a pug dubbed Biggie won the toy group and a bichon frise called Flynn took the nonsporting group. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of borzoi

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for borzoi

Russian borzoĭ, from borzoĭ swift

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“Borzoi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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