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 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 The Orlando Sentinel reported that the kennel club raced 582 greyhounds in July, down from 667 in July 2018. Richard Tribou,, "Daytona Beach kennel club to stop live greyhound racing: report," 27 Aug. 2019 But in 2018, the state voted to pass Amendment 13, which promises to phase out all commercial greyhound racing in Florida by this year. Jen Juneau,, "Alabama Race Course Trying to Find Homes For More Than 400 Dogs After Ending Greyhound Racing," 24 Apr. 2020 In the short term, the Birmingham Race Course will be seeing to the disposition of around 400 to 450 greyhounds. William Thornton |, al, "Birmingham Race Course ends live greyhound racing," 22 Apr. 2020 The West African sighthound — built a bit like a skinny greyhound — made its Westminster debut for this year’s show. Jake Seiner, Anchorage Daily News, "Happy meal: Poodle stops for fast food, wins at Westminster," 11 Feb. 2020 Florida has been the epicenter of the greyhound-racing world, but thanks to the efforts of nonprofits like this one, state residents voted in 2018 to phase out the practice (it will be banned entirely after this year). Elyse Moody, Allure, "Pets Help Ease Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety, and the Science Proves It," 18 Mar. 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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9 Jul 2020

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“Greyhound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 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


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Kids Definition of greyhound

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

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