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[bluhd-hound] /ˈblʌdˌhaʊnd/
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.
a person who is a steadfast pursuer.
Origin of bloodhound
1300-50; Middle English blod-hound. See blood, hound1 Unabridged
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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
  • As Running Rabbit had said, on the trail of a cattle-thief he was as relentless as a bloodhound.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • Then he looked round to see where Jimmy's bloodhound, Faithful, was.

  • He staggered to his feet, and saw that his visitors were the two villains, Maggot and bloodhound.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • 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
  • One was the wolf-dog of the country, the other a Spanish bloodhound.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • 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
  • Carlos knew of no other bloodhound in the settlement—the one heard must be that of the mulatto.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • 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
  • Upon it, in great white letters, was painted the name, "The bloodhound."

British Dictionary definitions for bloodhound


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
(informal) a detective
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Word Origin and History for bloodhound

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

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