grey·​hound | \ ˈgrā-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce greyhound (audio) \

Definition of greyhound

: any of a breed of tall slender graceful smooth-coated dogs characterized by swiftness and keen sight and used for coursing game and racing also : any of several related dogs — compare Italian greyhound

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Recent Examples on the Web Local families like the Bartleys have raised greyhounds for generations. April Simpson,, "Once one of America’s favorite pastimes, greyhound racing eats dust," 1 Nov. 2019 The owner of Hemopet said her Garden Grove facility has more than 200 greyhounds that were former racing dogs in other states. Los Angeles Times, "Newsom blocks overhaul of California’s dog blood donor rules, saying it doesn’t go far enough," 13 Oct. 2019 Among them: Cover them up: Dogs with thicker coats have higher tolerance to cold weather, but short-haired breeds such as chihuahuas, beagles and greyhounds don’t have much natural shield from the elements. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather," 12 Nov. 2019 Three of the 13 tracks that year made a profit from wagering on greyhounds. April Simpson,, "Once one of America’s favorite pastimes, greyhound racing eats dust," 1 Nov. 2019 Likewise, a woman in Plympton, Massachusetts, is obscured by her whippets and greyhounds. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, "The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners," 27 Oct. 2019 In the heyday of the Chip Kelly years, Oregon was sleek and fast, a team of greyhounds. oregonlive, "Goe: Oregon Ducks use the Mario Cristobal formula to bludgeon Colorado, 45-3," 12 Oct. 2019 At the time the amendment passed, there were 11 greyhound tracks around the state. Richard Tribou,, "Daytona Beach kennel club to stop live greyhound racing: report," 27 Aug. 2019 Yes, the greyhounds stopped racing there a decade ago. Jon Chesto,, "Old Wonderland greyhound track spurs new bets: on real estate," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of greyhound

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for greyhound

Middle English grehound, from Old English grīghund, from grīg- (akin to Old Norse grey bitch) + hund hound

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The first known use of greyhound was before the 12th century

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13 Dec 2019

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“Greyhound.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of greyhound

: a tall, thin dog that runs very fast and that is often used in races


grey·​hound | \ ˈgrā-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce greyhound (audio) \

Kids Definition of greyhound

: a tall swift dog with a smooth coat and good eyesight

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