- 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
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Examples from the Web for bloodhound
Upon it, in great white letters, was painted the name, "The Bloodhound."Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
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
In perceiving these things I have the scent of a bloodhound.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Any officer, coming upon that trail, would run it up like a bloodhound.Red Cap Tales
Samuel Rutherford Crockett
- 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
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Word Origin and History for bloodhound
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