[ bluhd-hound ]
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  1. 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.

  2. a person who is a steadfast pursuer.

Origin of bloodhound

First recorded in 1300–50, bloodhound is from the Middle English word blod-hound.See blood, hound1

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British Dictionary definitions for bloodhound


/ (ˈblʌdˌhaʊnd) /

  1. 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

  2. informal a detective

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