grey·​hound | \ˈgrā-ˌhau̇nd \

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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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 In 2004, a greyhound at a Texas racetrack tested positive for H3N8, a strain of influenza that until then had only been seen in horses. National Geographic, "No, Killer Dog Flu Isn't the Next Human Pandemic," 8 June 2018 But something’s a bit out of the ordinary in this idyllic setting, as a familiar greyhound plods past Bernard. Mike Bloom, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Podcast: 'Phase Space' Changes Park Perspectives and Aspects," 31 May 2018 The 4-year-old retired racing greyhound named Eclipse nudged at Helvey’s hands with his graying, pointed snout. Holly V. Hays, The Seattle Times, "Indiana inmates prepare greyhounds for life beyond racing," 20 Apr. 2018 Adjacent is the Agua Caliente Racetrack where greyhounds chase a mechanical rabbit and betting is lively. James Clark,, "Meet the neighbors with Tijuana daytrip," 19 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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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 \

Kids Definition of greyhound

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

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