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[grey-hound] /ˈgreɪˌhaʊnd/
one of a breed of tall, slender, short-haired dogs, noted for its keen sight and swiftness.
a swift ship, especially a fast ocean liner.
Origin of greyhound
before 1000; Middle English greihund, grehund, grihund, Old English grīghund < Old Norse greyhundr; compare Old Norse grey bitch; see hound1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for greyhound
  • He's a rescue from a greyhound racing track that closed in our area last year.
  • Sports such as football and greyhound racing have been gaining a few lengths on the nags.
  • Palfrey would fit right in at a greyhound track, with his swept-back hair and confidence-winning eyes.
  • The only comparable increase in animals is found in a greyhound, racehorse, or wolf running at full speed.
  • It is the nature of the greyhound to carry a long tail.
  • It is remarked by greyhound fanciers that a well-formed, compact-shaped puppy never makes a fleet dog.
  • It has the nimbleness of a greyhound, but not the bulk and body of a mastiff.
  • He looked as unfit for the prize ring as a dachshund for a greyhound race.
  • In many countries, greyhound racing is purely amateur and conducted for enjoyment.
British Dictionary definitions for greyhound


a tall slender fast-moving dog of an ancient breed originally used for coursing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for greyhound

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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