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Molossian

Molossian dog or Molossian hound

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin for Molossian

from Molossia, a district of Epirus
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Examples from the Web for molossian

Historical Examples of molossian

  • 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