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 In 2018, Floridians voted overwhelmingly to end greyhound racing, a sport they were told was archaic and inhumane. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 7 Nov. 2020 An unlikely racing proponent, Roepke never wanted a greyhound. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, "Shades of Grey," 31 Oct. 2020 The eight-year-old greyhound mix learned to identify samples from Covid-19 patients in just seven minutes, according to the airport’s statement. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Helsinki Airport Employs Dogs to Sniff Out Signs of Covid-19 in Travelers’ Sweat," 28 Sep. 2020 Cardenas said greyhound racing is cruel and subjects the dogs to brutal training practices. Margaret Stafford, Star Tribune, "Group alleges greyhounds being trained with live rabbits," 29 July 2020 Walker hit for power and average, ran the bases like a greyhound and won seven Gold Gloves as a right fielder. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Jerry Jeudy to the Broncos?’s mock draft has Alabama receiver coming to Denver.," 22 Jan. 2020 The state agency regulates horse and greyhound racing through licensing, on-site monitoring and enforcement. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Gulf Greyhound Park, one of the largest dog racing tracks in the state, closes down after 29 years," 30 June 2020 Both bills would phase out closed colonies that house hundreds of dogs, mostly greyhounds, for the sole purpose of draining their blood. NBC News, "California bills aim to shut down dog blood banks accused of abuse, negligence," 22 Feb. 2020 In the meantime, about 450 former racing greyhounds now need homes, according to WBRC. Jen Juneau,, "Alabama Race Course Trying to Find Homes For More Than 400 Dogs After Ending Greyhound Racing," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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18 Nov 2020

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“Greyhound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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