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bloodhound

[bluhd-hound] /ˈblʌdˌhaʊnd/
noun
1.
one of a breed of medium- to large-sized dogs, usually having a black-and-tan coat, very long ears, loose skin, and an acute sense of smell: used chiefly for following human scents.
2.
a person who is a steadfast pursuer.
Origin of bloodhound
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English blod-hound. See blood, hound1
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  • He was like the bloodhound, which pursues its quarry as long as it has breath in its body—only to overwhelm it with caresses.

    Thirty Howard Vincent O'Brien
  • Upon it, in great white letters, was painted the name, "The bloodhound."

  • Then he looked round to see where Jimmy's bloodhound, Faithful, was.

  • Old Jeff Hooker had a bloodhound, and Tom was going to borrow him.

    Tom Sawyer, Detective Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The Indian replied by a cry somewhat similar, as the bloodhound utters his wild bay on seeing his victim before him.

    The Tiger Hunter Mayne Reid
  • Any officer, coming upon that trail, would run it up like a bloodhound.

    Red Cap Tales Samuel Rutherford Crockett
  • I have known of the cross between them and the mastiff being taught to follow the scent of a man almost as truly as a bloodhound.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • Old Guadaloupe crisscrossed the ground like a bloodhound as he read what was written there.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • The true English bloodhound is not the mongrel beast that was used in slavery days, but is a finely developed and reliable dog.

    The Dogs of Boytown Walter A. Dyer
  • As Running Rabbit had said, on the trail of a cattle-thief he was as relentless as a bloodhound.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for bloodhound

bloodhound

/ˈblʌdˌhaʊnd/
noun
1.
a large breed of hound having a smooth glossy coat of red, tan, or black and loose wrinkled skin on its head: formerly much used in tracking and police work
2.
(informal) a detective
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Word Origin and History for bloodhound
n.

also blood-hound, type of large dog used in hunting, c.1300, from blood (n.) + hound (n.).

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