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greyhound

or grayhound

[grey-hound] /ˈgreɪˌhaʊnd/
noun
1.
one of a breed of tall, slender, short-haired dogs, noted for its keen sight and swiftness.
2.
a swift ship, especially a fast ocean liner.
Origin of greyhound
1000
before 1000; Middle English greihund, grehund, grihund, Old English grīghund < Old Norse greyhundr; compare Old Norse grey bitch; see hound1
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  • What was the route from the greyhound Bus Depot that you directed us?

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Whereat Hugh cheered and laughed, and ran off like a greyhound.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • He pressed the greyhound closer to his breast; deep silence reigned in the room.

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
  • He was a slight man with the face and figure of a greyhound.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • I have an idea that they must be taking the greyhound a long distance from home.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
British Dictionary definitions for greyhound

greyhound

/ˈɡreɪˌhaʊnd/
noun
1.
a tall slender fast-moving dog of an ancient breed originally used for coursing
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Word Origin and History for greyhound
n.

Old English grighund, from grig- "bitch" + hund "dog" (see hound (n.)). The name usually is said to have nothing to do with color, and most are not gray. The Old Norse form of the word is preserved in Hjalti's couplet that almost sparked war between pagans and Christians in early Iceland:

Vilkat goð geyja
grey þykkjumk Freyja


I will not blaspheme the gods,
but I think Freyja is a bitch

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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greyhound in the Bible

(Prov. 30:31), the rendering of the Hebrew _zarzir mothnayim_, meaning literally "girded as to the lions." Some (Gesen.; R.V. marg.) render it "war-horse." The LXX. and Vulgate versions render it "cock." It has been by some interpreters rendered also "stag" and "warrior," as being girded about or panoplied, and "wrestler." The greyhound, however, was evidently known in ancient times, as appears from Egyptian monuments.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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