[ bawr-zoi ]
/ ˈbɔr zɔɪ /

noun, plural bor·zois.

any of a breed of tall, slender dogs having long, silky hair, raised originally in Russia for hunting wolves.

Nearby words

  1. borsic,
  2. borstal,
  3. bort,
  4. bortz,
  5. boru, brian,
  6. borås,
  7. bosanquet,
  8. bosanquet, bernard,
  9. bosberaad,
  10. bosc

Origin of borzoi

1885–90; < Russian borzóǐ orig., swift, fast; cognate with Czech brzý, Serbo-Croatian br̂z swift, Polish bardzo very

Also called Russian wolfhound. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for borzoi


/ (ˈbɔːzɔɪ) /

noun plural -zois

a tall graceful fast-moving breed of dog with a long silky coat, originally used in Russia for hunting wolvesAlso called: Russian wolfhound

Word Origin for borzoi

C19: from Russian borzoi, literally: swift; related to Old Slavonic brǔzǔ swift

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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").

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