bor·​zoi ˈbȯr-ˌzȯi How to pronounce borzoi (audio)
: 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 12 Feb. 2018

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Word History


Russian borzoĭ, from borzoĭ swift

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of borzoi was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Borzoi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


bor·​zoi ˈbȯr-ˌzȯi How to pronounce borzoi (audio)
: any of a breed of large long-haired dogs developed in Russia especially for hunting wolves

from Russian borzoǐ "borzoi dog, swift"

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