wolf·​hound | \ ˈwu̇lf-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce wolfhound (audio) \

Definition of wolfhound

: any of several large dogs used especially formerly in hunting large animals (such as wolves) — compare borzoi, Irish wolfhound

Examples of wolfhound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the book on which the show is based, Winn-Dixie is an Irish wolfhound, so Berloni duly adopted and trained two wolfhounds. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, 3 July 2019 Odder still is the inclusion of a kidney transplant—from one human to another, regrettably, rather than from, say, wolfhound to peke. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 15 Mar. 2018 The recent birth of two Irish wolfhound puppies has scientists excited, because—for the first time ever—the puppies have been confirmed through genetic analysis to be identical twins. Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic, 2 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of wolfhound

1786, in the meaning defined above

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“Wolfhound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wolfhound. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wolfhound

: a type of large dog that was used for hunting wolves and other large animals in the past


wolf·​hound | \ ˈwu̇lf-ˌhau̇nd How to pronounce wolfhound (audio) \

Kids Definition of wolfhound

: a large dog used especially in the past for hunting large animals

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