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a breed of dog native to Epirus in NW Greece, used in classical antiquity as a hunting dog and guard dog
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from Molossia, a district of Epirus
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  • I was too fond a disciple of Saint Hubert not to recognise the bay of a long-eared molossian.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • Far off through the trees he can hear the wail of the wounded molossian.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • Something more than instinct appears to inspire the molossian.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • On a large grazing estate it is rare for the molossian to be silent.

  • The great molossian hound that stood watch was barking and snapping.

    A Friend of Caesar William Stearns Davis
  • The city has looked out on many battles, from the overthrow of the molossian to the overthrow of the Swabian.

    Studies of Travel: Italy Edward A. Freeman
  • A little above it is Pandosia, which is strongly fortified, before which Alexander the molossian king was overthrown.

  • There were also the Proconnesian, which made the pavement; and the Thessalian and molossian in different parts.

  • And behold, these hounds proved to be the children of that molossian who, through the poet's interference, had died unavenged!

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray
  • One of the king's big molossian hounds once strayed into this place, and the natives promptly killed and ate her.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray

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