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noun, plural bor·zois.
  1. any of a breed of tall, slender dogs having long, silky hair, raised originally in Russia for hunting wolves.
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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.
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Examples from the Web for borzoi

Historical Examples

  • Borzoi Books are good books and there is one for every taste worthy of the name.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • A curve downwards (as in the Borzoi) should be an absolute disqualification.

    A Manual of Toy Dogs

    Mrs. Leslie Williams

  • I was so like a slim young Borzoi yapping at the nose of a bloodhound.

    The Brightener

    C. N. Williamson

  • "Borzoi" stands for the best in literature in all its branches—drama and fiction, poetry and art.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • But the quickness of the wolf's lope and the borzoi's slower pace made it plain that Karay had miscalculated.

    War and Peace

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for borzoi


noun plural -zois
  1. a tall graceful fast-moving breed of dog with a long silky coat, originally used in Russia for hunting wolvesAlso called: Russian wolfhound
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Word Origin

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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