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[bluhd-hound] /ˈblʌdˌhaʊnd/
one of a breed of medium- to large-sized dogs, usually having a black-and-tan coat, very long ears, loose skin, and an acute sense of smell: used chiefly for following human scents.
a person who is a steadfast pursuer.
Origin of bloodhound
First recorded in 1300-50, bloodhound is from the Middle English word blod-hound. See blood, hound1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Upon it, in great white letters, was painted the name, "The bloodhound."

  • Old Jeff Hooker had a bloodhound, and Tom was going to borrow him.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The bloodhound was with him; he had sent home for it since the attempted riot.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • In perceiving these things I have the scent of a bloodhound.

  • Any officer, coming upon that trail, would run it up like a bloodhound.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • Old Guadaloupe crisscrossed the ground like a bloodhound as he read what was written there.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • He was a bloodhound, fastening his victims with the jaws of death.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • My uncle may be full of regret and sorrow; but his son will follow me like a bloodhound.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • As Running Rabbit had said, on the trail of a cattle-thief he was as relentless as a bloodhound.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • For all his easy cynicism, he had the reputation of being a bloodhound on the trail.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for bloodhound


a large breed of hound having a smooth glossy coat of red, tan, or black and loose wrinkled skin on its head: formerly much used in tracking and police work
(informal) a detective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bloodhound

also blood-hound, type of large dog used in hunting, c.1300, from blood (n.) + hound (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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