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 Yes, the greyhounds stopped racing there a decade ago. Jon Chesto,, "Old Wonderland greyhound track spurs new bets: on real estate," 7 Aug. 2019 Bloodhounds specialize in sniffing, while greyhounds hunt primarily by sight. Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 3 Sep. 2019 Bloodhounds specialize in sniffing, while greyhounds hunt primarily by sight. Jason Bittel,, "As humans shaped dogs’ bodies, we also altered their brains," 2 Sep. 2019 Donations may be made to to help rescue greyhounds., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 Both will begin at 10 a.m. and are for greyhounds, sighthounds and other breeds from a greyhound family. Dallas News, "Dog About Town: Parties in the park and on the patio and more things to do," 7 June 2019 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

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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


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Kids Definition of greyhound

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

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