[ smooth-hound ]

  1. a smooth dogfish, especially Mustelus mustelus, inhabiting waters along the coast of Europe.

Origin of smoothhound

First recorded in 1595–1605; smooth + hound1
  • Also called smoothhound shark . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use smoothhound in a sentence

  • There with club and spear dog-fish and smooth-hound would be done to death amid shouts and excitement.

    The Long White Cloud | William Pember Reeves
  • A northern name for the Squalus galeus, or smooth hound-fish.

    The Sailor's Word-Book | William Henry Smyth

British Dictionary definitions for smooth hound

smooth hound

  1. any of several small sharks of the genus Mustelus, esp M. mustelus, a species of North Atlantic coastal regions: family Triakidae: See also dogfish (def. 3)

Origin of smooth hound

C17: from hound (fish); so called because it has no dorsal spines

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