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[bawr-zoi] /ˈbɔr zɔɪ/
noun, plural borzois.
any of a breed of tall, slender dogs having long, silky hair, raised originally in Russia for hunting wolves.
Also called Russian wolfhound.
Origin of borzoi
1885-90; < Russian borzóǐ orig., swift, fast; cognate with Czech brzý, Serbo-Croatian br̂z swift, Polish bardzo very Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for borzoi
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  • borzoi Books are good books and there is one for every taste worthy of the name.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • A curve downwards (as in the borzoi) should be an absolute disqualification.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs Mrs. Leslie Williams
  • I was so like a slim young borzoi yapping at the nose of a bloodhound.

    The Brightener C. N. Williamson
  • "borzoi" stands for the best in literature in all its branches—drama and fiction, poetry and art.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • But the quickness of the wolf's lope and the borzoi's slower pace made it plain that Karay had miscalculated.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Olive was feeding a calm-eyed borzoi from the tea-table when Larssen and his little boy arrived.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • The machine went at the grass like a bulldog attacking a borzoi: it bit, chewed, held on.

  • Nothing of a really seditious character was said until the borzoi commenced to address the meeting.

  • But the borzoi's was down beyond recall and shivering between his legs.

British Dictionary definitions for borzoi


noun (pl) -zois
a tall graceful fast-moving breed of dog with a long silky coat, originally used in Russia for hunting wolves Also called Russian wolfhound
Word Origin
C19: from Russian borzoi, literally: swift; related to Old Slavonic brǔzǔ swift
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for borzoi

Russian wolfhound, 1887, from Russian borzoy, literally "swift, quick" (cf. Czech brzy, Serbo-Croatian brzo "quickly," Lithuanian bruzdeti "to hurry").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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