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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In Florida, voters overwhelmingly passed Amendment 13, which banned greyhound racing in the state. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals," 24 Dec. 2018 Like, a greyhound would totally know the difference between an oyster fork and a pastry fork. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "How to Adopt a Retired Greyhound Now That Florida Has Voted to Ban Dog-Race Betting," 8 Nov. 2018 The 4-year-old retired racing greyhound named Eclipse nudged at Helvey’s hands with his graying, pointed snout. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "These greyhounds are adorable. The prisoners think so, too.," 9 Apr. 2018 The Navy, however, needed a sleek greyhound to deliver components of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian in the Marianas. Walter R. Borneman, WSJ, "‘Indianapolis’ Review: Supreme Sacrifice," 30 Aug. 2018 Might the dog on Sunday night's episode be the same greyhound from the story?, "I Have a New Favorite Westworld Character & It’s Ford’s Very Good Boy," 4 June 2018 Lenka Perron let her two greyhounds out to use the bathroom Saturday night in her fenced yard at her St. Clair Shores home in what should have been an uneventful routine. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Dog found covered in blood, urine and feces after fleeing fireworks," 2 July 2018 The greyhounds that ran on that recent Saturday were among the last to compete here before the track shuts down in July. Patrick Boehler, New York Times, "A Greyhound Racetrack Meets Its Demise," 21 Feb. 2018 Jim loved vacationing in Rhode Island, his 1965 Jaguar XKE and greyhounds., "James Doyle," 9 June 2018

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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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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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