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  1. 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
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Historical Examples

  • Finally, they secured the help of a trapper who owned a big English foxhound.

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    William Davenport Hulbert

  • The sound was such as is the yelp of a foxhound drawing a cover.

  • A foxhound scents the trail of his game and tracks it straight to a killing.

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    Charles Phelps Cushing

  • The day wore on, and still the French ship kept ahead of the Foxhound.

  • Every stitch of canvas she could carry was set on board the Foxhound.

British Dictionary definitions for foxhound


  1. 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for foxhound


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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