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[bawr-zoi] /ˈbɔr zɔɪ/
noun, plural borzois.
any of a breed of tall, slender dogs having long, silky hair, raised originally in Russia for hunting wolves.
Also called Russian wolfhound.
Origin of borzoi
1885-90; < Russian borzóǐ orig., swift, fast; cognate with Czech brzý, Serbo-Croatian br̂z swift, Polish bardzo very Unabridged
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Examples from the web for borzoi
  • The borzoi is a quiet and intelligent but athletic and independent dog.
  • borzoi should never display dominance or aggression towards people.
  • Generally, borzoi should not be territorially aggressive to other domestic dogs.
  • Correct nutrition during puppyhood is also debatable for borzoi.
  • Exports of borzoi to other countries were extremely rare during the soviet era.
  • The borzoi has also been featured extensively as porcelain or bronze figures.
  • Historical artistic and cultural album dedicated to the borzoi.
British Dictionary definitions for borzoi


noun (pl) -zois
a tall graceful fast-moving breed of dog with a long silky coat, originally used in Russia for hunting wolves Also called Russian wolfhound
Word Origin
C19: from Russian borzoi, literally: swift; related to Old Slavonic brǔzǔ swift
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Word Origin and History for borzoi

Russian wolfhound, 1887, from Russian borzoy, literally "swift, quick" (cf. Czech brzy, Serbo-Croatian brzo "quickly," Lithuanian bruzdeti "to hurry").

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