1. (sometimes lowercase) one of a breed of black and tan, white, gold, or tricolor dogs resembling the greyhound and having fringes of long hair on the ears, legs, and thighs, raised originally in Egypt and southwestern Asia.

Origin of Saluki

1800–10; < Arabic salūqī literally, of Salūq city in Arabia
Also called gazelle hound. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for saluki


  1. a tall breed of hound with a smooth coat and long fringes on the ears and tailAlso called: gazehound, gazelle hound, Persian greyhound

Word Origin for Saluki

C19: from Arabic salūqīy of Saluq, name of an ancient Arabian city
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