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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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English blod-hound. See blood, hound1
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  • People have come to trust the service to act as a digital bloodhound.
  • The unit has six patrol dogs, ten explosive detector dogs and one bloodhound tracker dog.
  • Fish can smell much better than people can and even better than a bloodhound.
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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