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[foks-hound] /ˈfɒksˌhaʊnd/
any of several breeds of medium-sized hounds trained to hunt foxes and having a glossy coat in combinations of black, tan, and white.
Origin of foxhound
First recorded in 1755-65; fox + hound1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for foxhound
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  • For years he has kept the foxhound studbook, and is the final source of information on all disputed points relating to this breed.

    Taxidermy Leon Luther Pray
  • The sound was such as is the yelp of a foxhound drawing a cover.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • This gentleman was a rigid Roman Catholic, and his constant companion was a foxhound.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
  • The day wore on, and still the French ship kept ahead of the foxhound.

  • Dorothy asked, picking up a photograph of two girls, each holding a foxhound.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
  • The foxhound and her prizes were slowly making their way to England.

  • The symmetry of the foxhound is considerable, and what is called "quality" is highly regarded by all Hound judges.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
  • The dog, he said, was not a full-bred bloodhound, his grandfather was a foxhound.

    Frank of Freedom Hill Samuel A. Derieux
  • A foxhound scents the trail of his game and tracks it straight to a killing.

    If You Don't Write Fiction Charles Phelps Cushing
  • I understand he has altogether thrown himself into Blake's hands—the keenest fellow in Ireland, with as much mercy as a foxhound.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for foxhound


either of two breeds (the English and the American) of dog having a short smooth coat and pendent ears. Though not large (height about 60 cm or 23 in.) they have great stamina and are usually kept for hunting foxes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foxhound

1763, from fox (n.) + hound (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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